Most definitely not blaming the stewards. They do an amazing job week-in, week-out.
However, I’m not so sure about your ‘divot’ theory.
If you presume there are 25 divots over a hundred meter distance, and an average decline of 5cm per divot, then you are looking at an extra 1.3cm x 25divots per 100m which equals 32.5cm. Now, the wheel has to come out of the divot, so you can double that.
We now have the wheel travelling an extra 65cm per 100m. Over the 300m distance the divots will have added 1.95 meters in comparison to a perfectly horizontal track. This means that the person holding the wheel will pull up at 1.95m short of full ‘perfectly horizontal’ distance.
To finish the point I might borrow Luke Stevens. His speed per meters at Bendigo was 0.12sec per meter (Euroa is no Bendigo, but it will suffice for this point). Therefore, the track being short would only have contributed 0.23sec to his final time.
It might be time for a new 'divot-proof' wheel (Dizzy is pretty sure some of the fines handed out this year will be enough to cover the cost.)