I don’t think we should over-elaborate what needs to be done for a solution. Don’t need more employees or new sound systems. Just put the flag guys in a place jockeys can see them before the last fence. Preferably waving whilst stood in a line diagonal to the course in such a way that strongly encourages jockeys to miss the fence and pull up.
Don’t think we should criticise too much, a stricken horse right by the winning post is extremely rare. When extremely rare things happen mistakes are more likely. Racecourses (all racecourses) and jockeys (all jockeys) should know next time.
Using the Public Address to stop the race at Perth would be a no no as things stand. You can barely hear the commentary from down by the last hurdle let alone out of the course! Good if you want to form your own view of races, not so good if you need to make emergency announcements.
In this instance it seems the decision should have been made early on the final circuit. But isn’t hindsight a fine thing?
It’s very easy for the officials to be seen, in front of the running horses, anywhere else is stupidity. They even have a car that runs twice the speed of horses to around in front of the horses. It is pure stupidity to think wawing fron the Stands side, either, will get noticed or reacted up on.
Once I led a 7f race with lengths and lots of ammo, they had the officials car driving close to the rail in front of me and a Guest in the car, was jumping up and down, wawing arms, shouting something. I could’t hear if it had anything do to with the race, so I lokked around and the field was 20 l back, so I thought maybe it is void, so I slowed down for the remaining 2f, just winnig by a head, with a ton in my hands. The race wasn’t void.