Cheers turned to tears for backers of Moving Target (No.13) in race six at Corowa on Tuesday after he was denied when looking the winner on what is seemingly a dodgy camera angle.
Punters on the five-year-old would have been on their way to collect after the $ 6.50 third favourite came with a strong run down the centre of the track to hold what appeared to be a head margin over Bellboy Express on the line.
Or so it seemed on the television broadcast.
However, it was $ 51-outsider Bellboy Express (No.10) down on the rails whose number went into the frame, much to the dismay of punters.
How did Moving Target (Yellow, Purple Chevrons And Armbands, Striped Cap) not win? Video: Racing NSW
— Matt Taylor 🐎💨 (@DreamTeamMatt) July 3, 2018
Now i have seen some camera angles – but Corowa takes the cake. 📷
— Joel (@joely_dd) July 3, 2018
That camera angle wow #corowa
— Lucas (@Lost_MyProphets) July 3, 2018
We are yet to see an official print of the photo finish from Racing NSW, however the photo below from the track shows just how deceptive the television angle is.
This is the best I could get from the camera on the ground on the line. This is NOT the official photo but can see the angle discrepancy from live vision 👍🏻 you’re welcome pic.twitter.com/zpnqYQiVQZ
— Trent Marks (@_TrentMarks) July 3, 2018
While it was a cruel result for punters on Moving Target (but a pleasant surprise for those on the Logan McGill-trained Bellboy Express), spare a thought also for connections of the Testa Rossa gelding.
Moving Target. who has won just one race from 25 career starts, has now been beaten by 0.02L at his past two starts.