Dead-heats seem to be a common occurence nowadays.
Among them last year were four sets of dead-heats for first placing - Christmas with Select Gathering, Silent Power with Newfoundjoy, Goliath with stablemate Joyous Express and Sir Fleetwood with stablemate Hopkins.
Only at the New Year's Day meeting, Pin Yin and All Forus shared second placing, and they were only a head behind the winner, I Like. Yesterday saw another exciting moment when two horses flashed past the post together in Race 8, the Graduation event over 1,200m. It took a fairly long time before the judge declared STRUBELI and GATO NEGRO joint winners.
The race started with Gato Negro leading handily by two lengths from the grey Strubeli.
At the top of the straight, where Gato Negro was spooked by a flock of birds on Oct 27 last year and caused havoc to the race, the horse raced greenly and continued to do so and shifted ground.
This led to jockey Oscar Chavez having to stop riding and straighten the gelding on a number of occasions.
Strubeli charged up under jockey Lisa Allpress' vigorous riding, as did last-start winner Euro Zone.