Heat 3 1 Westmead Storm 2 Droopys Cougar 3 Droopys Cherokee 4 Honchos Way (m) 5 Rhincrew Squire (w) 6 Brookfield Bear (w).
Heat 4 Toms Legend 2 Mountfarm Park 3 Farloe Focus (m) 4 Bag Of Shoes (m) 5 Little Honcho (w) 6 Westmead Thunder (w).
The odds-on favourite Honchos First appeared to launch a deliberate assault on the Linda Jones-trained Rhincrew Magic, which almost resulted in the latter being unceremoniously dumped into the racing paddock.
Honchos First subsequently ran on to snatch the third qualifying place in a photo-finish at the expense of Rhincrew Magic.
I think everyone who witnessed the race was expecting the inevitable disqualification of Honchos First (who I know some felt was a little fortunate at Yarmouth on May 30 to get away with what appeared to be a dig on the run-in on that night).
The draw for the semi-finals was made with Honchos First in the hat, and on being pulled out, the boos that greeted his name resounded around the stadium and seemed to sum up the feelings of the majority of people.
As low as 8-1 with Chandler for the pounds 10,000 Category One event, Honchos First qualified for the semis when finishing third to Mineola Silver in the last of Friday's second round heats.
Having discussed the situation, trainer Pruhs and owner Wallwyn informed Peterborough racing manager Con Baker (pictured) that they wished to withdraw Honchos First.
Baker said yesterday: "Under rule 69, David Pruhs has requested, in writing, that Honchos First be withdrawn from tonight's second semi-final of the Peterborough Derby.