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Owners compensated over claiming errors
06:11 AEST Wed Mar 20 2013

The owners and trainers of three horses disqualified earlier this month after two apprentices claimed incorrect allowances will be compensated following a review by Racing Victoria.

RV chief executive Bernard Saundry said the circumstances which led to the claiming errors were unacceptable and the owners and trainers of the disqualified horses would be compensated an amount commensurate with what they had earned before the horses were stripped of their prize money.

In a statement on Tuesday, Saundry said the review indicated it was a combination of human and computer errors that led to the issues and that "our people were every bit as culpable as the riders involved".

Apprentice Jackie Berriman claimed a 1.5kg allowance in a non-claiming race at Ballarat on March 1 and won the event on Mybenz.

Damien Thornton claimed a 3kg allowance in two races at Sandown on March 6 when he was only entitled to claim 2kg.

He had finished eighth and fourth in the two races.

At inquiries into the incidents earlier this month both apprentices were reprimanded.

Officials at the race meetings where the two competed failed to pick up the errors.

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