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HK "Tiebreaker" Rule Questioned

Thursday, 4th July 2013

The controversial tiebreaker, or count-back system, currently employed by the Hong Kong Jockey Club to determine premiership title winners is being questioned as three trainers vie for championship honours with only three meetings remaining, reports racing.scmp.com. Trainer Dennis Yip currently holds a slender one-win lead over John Size and Tony Cruz, but if he is unable to maintain his lead over either and there is no outright winner, then a count-back system using 2nd placings, and failing that, 3rd placings, will be used to determine the winner. The controversy centres on the fact that, should Yip tie with Size or Cruz, or both, at season's end, then he will lose because they both have more seconds. Many in the industry are proposing that a fairer system would be to use prize money as a tiebreaker, which it is argued has more credibility and will always yield a result.

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