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Integrity of photo finish in spotlight

The Canberra Greyhound Racing Club will hold a stewards' inquiry on Thursday after an alleged verbal altercation between a dog owner and a committee member last weekend that resulted in a complaint to police.

A tight photo finish in race four last Sunday led to committee members having a heated exchange with Carwoola Jonte owner Jeremy Osborne and a complaint was lodged.

Police were called, but the incident was deemed not serious enough for officers to attend.

Club chairman Ashley Dwyer said a media release would be issued at the end of the inquiry.

Dwyer refused to comment, but when asked if he was involved in the incident, he said: ''You know that's inappropriate to ask.''

It is understood the owner and the committee members will be at the hearing where stewards will determine if any further action needs to be taken.


The dispute stemmed from a photo-finish between Carwoola Jonte and Mundi Zarr. Owners of Carwoola Jonte requested the photo be produced after a tight battle with Mundi Zarr on the finish line.

However, the photo allegedly did not have the winning post or a superimposed finishing line to make it clear which dog had won the race.

It led to the exchange of some heated words in the betting ring and an official complaint was made by committee members.

Despite the police being called, there was no physical violence or threat of physical violence.

''We issue a media release upon the completion of all the inquiries, so that's what the media situation is,'' Dwyer said.

It is understood trainers and owners are keen for the photo-finish technology to be improved at the club.

Given the winning post could not be seen clearly, owners were concerned about the integrity of the result.