Cambridge Trial Eights

‘Looks’ finished three lengths ahead of ‘Personality’ in the Cambridge Trial Eights on December 16th but were subsequently disqualified by umpire Boris Rankov.

‘Looks’, on Middlesex, held a narrow lead in a good race until just past Hammersmith Bridge when a clash between the crews caused considerable upset, particularly to ‘Looks’. The umpire stopped and restarted the contest and it was still a close race to Barnes Bridge, before ‘Looks’, showing a better rhythm, used their bend well and surged ahead.

"At the clash, ‘Looks’ was definitely in the wrong place", said Rankov. "In a proper Boat Race I would have red flagged it right there but agreed with the coaches to stop it and restart because it was a trials race".

Report from Mike Rosewell