False start at As­cot

PERTH RAC­ING STUM­BLES ON OPEN­ING DAY FES­TIV­I­TIES

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Su­sanne Reilly

PUN­TERS left As­cot Race­course shak­ing their heads on Satur­day af­ter an in­ci­dent on the track post­poned the ma­jor races un­til Wed­nes­day.

PERTH pun­ters were left dis­ap­pointed af­ter an in­ci­dent on the track at As­cot Race­course on Satur­day meant the Crown Perth Open­ing Day was post­poned.

Dur­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion gal­lop be­tween races four and five, one horse blun­dered about 50 me­tres from the fin­ish­ing line, throw­ing jockey Steven Parn­ham off.

It meant the re­main­ing four races of the day, in­clud­ing the $150,000 Group 3 Northerly Stakes and the $100,000 Listed Crown Perth Bel­gravia Stakes, had to be post­poned.

Pun­ters took to so­cial me­dia to air their frus­tra­tion.

Bren­dan Thomp­son said to Perth Rac­ing “you should be so ashamed and em­bar­rassed”, while Eric Durn­thaler said it was a very dis­ap­point­ing ef­fort from the event or­gan­is­ers.

Many race­go­ers wanted an ex­pla­na­tion about why the track was not ready but the of­fi­cial Rac­ing Wa­ger­ing WA (RWWA) Stew­ard’s Re­port said there was no ap­par­ent rea­son for the horse to slip dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion gal- lop. Perth Rac­ing will hold nor­mal rou­tine works on the track and ap­point an in­de­pen­dent race­course track cu­ra­tor to to en­sure the track is safe for fu­ture rac­ing.

Be­fore the sched­uled meet­ing on Satur­day, Perth Rac­ing per­formed track in­spec­tions two weeks and one week ear­lier by mem­bers of the Trainer and Jockey As­so­ci­a­tions, along with RWWA Stew­ards and Perth Rac­ing of­fi­cials.

The track was also in­spected on Oc­to­ber 14 with the Trainer and Jockey As­so­ci­a­tions.

The race meet­ing sched­uled for Oc­to­ber 21 will go ahead and the Group 3 $150,000 Northerly Stakes and the $100,000 Listed race Crown Perth Bel­gravia Stakes will be held on the day.

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