In the absence of Smith, Stickels and their forerunners, and with Scan-O-Vision scanning the winning line up to 2,000 times a second, producing pictures containing millions of pixels, dead-heats are in danger of extinction.
In 1994, at Kempton, Stickels declared a dead-heat between Absalom's Lady and Large Action before realising Absalom's Lady was the winner.
Hard to imagine anyone with any caring thoughts towards this fraternity, but some readers felt that if bookies paid out on both horses involved in a dead-heat
they could go out of business.
Get rid of dead-heats
or stop the bookies pocketing half the winnings.
The Irish St Leger was first run in 1915 and this is the only time there has been a dead-heat
for first place.
There is no record of a quadruple dead-heat
Nick Littmoden, trainer of Kindlelight Blue, was not present at Lingfield, but said, yesterday, he had watched on television and was more than happy with a dead-heat
High Chaparral (right) dead-heats
with Johar in 2003
08 for a pounds 1 stake (odds of 1-12), I can confirm the dividend was declared wrongly by the Press Association, and that the then called-for rule to prevent a forecast paying less than the winner's SP regardless of dead-heats
or non-runners, already exists in the NSL Chart.
But given its increased popularity and the fact that it is one of the most likely markets to result in a tie, it seems appropriate to outline bookmakers' rules concerning dead-heats
WHETHER it be through reasons of sheer professionalism, or indeed the feeling amongst tracks that for some reason or another bookmakers don't like dead-heats
, it does frustrate me when judges split runners in a desperately close finish - especially when the image that is then shown around the stadium, or indeed to betting shops throughout the country in the case with BAGS, doesn't prove the result given.
FURTHER to Ron Calman's letter regarding dead-heats
, can I explain to him the half of 4-1 isn't 2-1.
But Ladbrokes had largely dodged the bullets by the time two-thirds of the field had finished, with just three dead-heats
and only one of those a high-profile match.
Have there been any triple dead-heats
since racing records in Britain started?
of having two dead-heats
at the same course within a couple of weeks?