RACING Victoria stewards previously may have bought the intimidation argument, but not today as they quickly dismissed an objection by Jake Noonan in the Orbit Fitness Plate at Mornington.
Noonan and his father Tony used the intimidation line most famously used by Craig Williams in the 2006 Bill Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley as they protested against Amonmarie, which defeated their horse Venomous by a short head.
(Churchill Downs, ridden by Williams, was awarded the race by stewards who relegated the Stephen Theodore-trained Magic Jet to second).
Jake Noonan told stewards that Amonmarie “intimidated” Venomous over the final 100 metres as the mare came from against the rails to three to four horses off the fence.
While acknowledging there was no contact between the horses, Noonan said every time Amonmarie shifted outwards, Venomous immediately got away from the other horse.
“I looked like going past the other horse, but he intimidated my horse to the line,” Noonan said.
“I only got beaten a short head, I think he’s definitely cost me the race.”
Wayne Davis, rider of Amonmarie, said that at no stage did his mare impede or stop Venomous winning the race.
“I won it fair and square,” Davis said.
Stewards, chaired by Brett Wright, took about one minute to agree with him.