Dead heats are not totally uncommon, yet on Saturday night at Albion Park, the occurrence of a split decision was certainly a little rarer than usual.
The even finish happened in the Open event of the night, when the judge could not split Uncle Jord and Alta Orlando with the pair hitting the line in unison.
A dead heat in the FFA ranks has not been seen at The Creek for some time and Alta Orlando, who was hoping to regain some wining form, did so - partially.
The margin may have been equal across the line, however Ricky Thurlow, the driver of Alta Orlando, then had to plead his case in the steward’s room to maintain the half win.
A protest was lodged by Angus Garrard, the driver of third-placed Rocknroll Icon, alleging interference to his drive through the first turn.
After hearing the submissions, the numbers remained as the panel could not be satisfied had the incident not occurred that Rocknroll Icon would have finished in advance of Alta Orlando.
While the level of interference did not alter the results, Ricky Thurlow did incur a 14-day suspension from the incident.
It may have been partial disappointment for Thurlow, however Hannah Rixon, driver of Uncle Jord, was all smiles following the joint victory.
Taking her career tally to 17 victories with the result, it will be a memorable first metropolitan success for Rixon.
Currently in Queensland campaigning over the winter period, Rixon was given the drive by Bathurst-based Chris Frisby aboard Uncle Jord.
Driving your first metropolitan winner in Open company and splitting the result with a dead heat is a unique occurrence - well done Hannah.
Racing kicks off in Queensland this week with the Tuesday afternoon meeting from Albion Park where nine races are scheduled.
Redcliffe hosts meetings on Wednesday night and racing will be back again at The Triangle on Thursday afternoon after last week’s Thursday fixture was from Albion Park.
Friday and Saturday are back to Albion Park, where on Friday heats of the Australian Pacing Gold Brisbane Sales Graduates Series will be held.
Exciting filly Cat King Cole will be stepping out in these heats for trainer Darren Weeks with entry restricted to horses sold at the 2020 APG Brisbane Yearling Sale.
The week will wrap up with a dual-code meeting on the grass at Kilcoy.
Normally held before the first galloping race, the current schedule is likely to have the harness events following the days galloping card.