Stewards reveal how controversial Cox Plate call was made

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Racing Victoria stewards person been forced to uncover details of the confidential treatment that resulted successful a Cox Plate protestation being dismissed connected Saturday.

Irish raider State Of Rest won the $5 cardinal weight-for-age classical by beating Anamoe by a abbreviated caput successful what was a thrilling sprint to the station astatine Moonee Valley.

But the authoritative effect took astir fractional an hr to beryllium confirmed aft Anamoe's jockey Craig Williams launched a protestation against the winning rider, John Allen.

State of Rest had shifted disconnected its enactment and bumped Anamoe successful the last 200 metres, and galore observers believed the second would person won if not for that interference.

Racing Victoria's main steward Robert Cram connected Sunday spoke to the Sydney Morning Herald to wide up however the last determination was reached to disregard the Williams protest.

Reports had claimed the five-person sheet had been divided connected whether to uphold it oregon not.

"It was not a choky divided connected this occasion," helium said. "It was a generous majority. What has been said successful immoderate reports that it was a divided ballot is not accurate. It's false, successful fact.

John Allen riding State Of Rest defeats Craig Williams riding Anamoe successful the Cox Plate. (Getty)

"It was a precise choky call," Cram said.

"The stewards aren't shying distant from that astatine all. It was a precise adjacent call. The stewards considered the grounds for immoderate time, viewed each the video angles respective times and yet each steward unsocial made their determination and a ballot was taken.

"The result was to disregard the objection.

"It was a brush. We thought it was lone that."

Legendary jockey Jim Cassidy - who famously won the 1998 Cox Plate aboard Might And Power - believes the protestation should person been upheld.

"If I was Craig Williams, I'd beryllium disappointed," Cassidy told the Herald.

"The regularisation publication says you indispensable halt riding if you displacement crushed and each runner is entitled to their rightful running.

"In my opinion, the 2nd equine was taken disconnected its existent running. I thought it whitethorn person been upheld."

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