Stratocaster was declared a late scratching and all bets refunded on the horse after a mishap at the start of the Laser Te Puke 1200 at Ellerslie on Saturday.

Permission was granted to race Stratocaster without blinkers due to the day’s track conditions and the horse was very slow away, losing a considerable amount of ground and any chance.

On reviewing video footage immediately after the race it was apparent that Stratocaster had kicked out just prior to the barriers opening, getting a leg caught in the back gate of the barriers which resulted in the horse’s very slow beginning.

A request for a ruling was filed with the Judicial Committee who, after hearing submissions and viewing films, determined that Stratocaster had been denied a fair start and should be declared a non-starter with all bets on the horse to be

Stratocaster required veterinary treatment following the race for a superficial laceration to the left hind leg, being 2/5 lame. A veterinary certificate of fitness is now required before the horse can race again.

The start of the race was delayed due to Ladynadel and Joy Anna having to be re-saddled after a mix-up with saddle cloths.

The training partnership of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman was fined $50 for presenting Ladynadel with an incorrect saddle cloth number.