Thanks for that.
I had no idea such a rule existed.
G thornley obviously just doing what she was told to do,so sorry to her for that.
As to the rule
It makes me wonder why on earth the contradictory logic of that rule.
If the logic is they want the second line horse to still follow out the same front line horse ,for the protection of the punters,then why not apply that same logic when the late scratching happens to a front line horse. By moving the front line horses in they are immediately changing who the second line horses follow out.
And it appears that it only applies to mobile starts,not stands.
Talk about a rule being confusing,contradictory and sending a mixed message.But i learnt something new today.
Yr.no use a particular computer model which would be more reliable over a large expanse of water e.g. the Tasman Sea.
But as you know weather over NZ's unique geography is harder to predict. Reefton is a classic case where the wider weather pattern gives a general picture but local knowledge refines that further.
Rotorua is similar to Reefton in that it is effectively in a basin and the weather is affected by the terrain that surrounds them.
It was a field of 16, of which 2 were emergency’s who would have been scratched the evening before (not late scratchings). And then there were 3 more late scratched the morning of and that’s where the confusion has come from.
Rosie Richter originally draws 6 the second row (number 15) and would move in for the standard scratchings of the emergency’s but not for the late ones.
It’s definitely a tricky one to follow.