Lost in all these discussions is Flavien Prat's impact on the whole episode.
Here he pauses for a suspiciously long while before he agrees with the questioner that he wasn't impacted and then mumbles something that can be interpreted as "Yeah, I was affected after all...": [www.youtube.com
I'm curious to find what people think about Flavien Prat's conduct:
a) The guy should be given a medal for letting justice be served
b) He's just an opportunist who though had the right to had no business in filing an objection since his horse wasn't involved
Does his behavior serve as a desirable precedent going forward? Does this happen very often, where jockeys for good (concern for the overall safety of the sport/horses) or bad (just looking for any excuse to gain a spot or two and collect better checks) reasons try their hand?
Or to look at it another way, as an owner, are you now more or less willing to pick Flavien for your mount?