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Byline: Peter Meldrum

Confusion reigned at Reading on Thursday after a wrong result to the 8.50pm race was announced over the PA system, writes Peter Meldrum.

The A8 event ended in a close finish between trap three Hedsor Borage, a well-backed 3-1 chance, and 7-1 shot Jims Brindle. Most racegoers believed Hedsor Borage to have got up close home to score, and were shocked when Jims Brindle was announced as the winner.

With winning distances and times given out, the result appeared confirmed and bookmakers and the tote paid out punters.

But after a heated debate, a corrected result with Hedsor Borage the winner was announced. Angry bookmakers then had to pay out on a second winner, costing the ring an estimated pounds 8,000.

One bookmaker said: "It was a shambles and has cost me at least pounds 4,000. It was obvious the three dog had won and we were amazed when the result was declared. Anyone can make a mistake, but it took about ten minutes for a correction to be announced. By that time we had already paid out on Jims Brindle."

Reading promoter Martyn Dore commented yesterday: "There was a breakdown in communication somewhere and the wrong result was announced over the tannoy. When this was brought to my attention some three or four minutes later, the correct result was quickly broadcast.

"I apologise for the confusion, but it wasn't even a close finish and there was never any doubt that trap three Hedsor Borage was the winner."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 29, 2001
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