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If judges would just stick to magnifying glasses and, when in doubt, announce a dead-heat, it would be a better (punting) world.
Jennie Prest, spokeswoman for race sponsors William Hill, said: "Few people at the stadium last night could ever remember a dead-heat in a top flight race and we had to dig out the record books to look up the last time this happened, more than 20-years ago.
Standing by his decision from the evidence available to him, Smith said his RaceTech photofinish operator was backing him over deciding on the dead-heat and was forwarding the photographic evidence used on the course to the BHA.
With High Chaparral (11-2) now set to be retired to stud at Coolmore, a dead-heat was a happy result for both parties as it contributed to a unique four-timer on the day for Johar's trainer, Richard Mandella.
Judge Dave Smith, renowned for his quick decisions on close finishes, took less than a minute to call the dead-heat between evens favourite Extra Noble and 16-1 outsider Fire Fighting after the two-year-old 7f maiden.
Butler was not present to see Pulau Penang, but Green Casket's trainer Jeremy Glover could not believe what he saw, and he added: "In 17 years training I have never had a horse in a dead-heat and now I have had two in a fortnight.
A delighted Perratt, who had seen her horse just fail to win at the Saints And Sinners night at Hamilton on Wednesdaay, said: "When they are so close it seems unfair that either one should be beaten, so I'm quite happy to accept a dead-heat.
The odds of a triple dead-heat in a greyhound race have been calculated at a million to one, though you'd get only a 333,000-to-one pay-out - deadheat rules apply, you see.
The judge could not separate the pair and a dead-heat was announced, although the klaxon signalling a stewards' enquiry soon followed.
Murtagh was not to be denied and he got a last gasp response from the 13-8 favourite to snatch a dead-heat which took almost 15 minutes to call.
The unusual half-points on the scorecard came from a dead-heat for third place in heat five between the Bears' Richard Juul and the Potters' Paul Clews.
The fall-out as you can imagine has been immense with some betting firms settling under dead-heat rules, others agreeing to pay out on both teams as winners to a maximum value and some insisting that all outright bets on the match would be void.