South­well deaths probe

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - raC­inG Correspond­ent By Mar­cus Army­tage

Jump rac­ing at South­well has been sus­pended un­til fur­ther no­tice pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Bri­tish Horserac­ing Author­ity and Arena Rac­ing fol­low­ing a fur­ther two horse fatalities at yes­ter­day’s meet­ing. There had al­ready been six horse fatalities at the Not­ting­hamshire course since jump rac­ing re­sumed in July fol­low­ing the Covid-19 lock­down.

The Bri­tish Horserac­ing Author­ity an­nounced last night that jump rac­ing at South­well had been sus­pended pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing a fur­ther two equine fatalities at yes­ter­day’s meet­ing.

The Not­ting­hamshire course was al­ready be­ing closely mon­i­tored. Since jump rac­ing re­sumed in July, there had been six fatalities, in­clud­ing Croco Bay, a Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val win­ner, and three horses at the meet­ing on Aug 24.

There were a fur­ther two last night – Day Of Roses fell three fences out in the three-mile hand­i­cap chase and Cil­lian’s Well fell four out in the two-mile chase.

Eight fatalities is, clearly, more than a co­in­ci­dence.

In a joint state­ment, the BHA and Arena Rac­ing Com­pany, which

owns South­well, said that the sus­pen­sion was to al­low a “com­pre­hen­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion”.

“The process is al­ready un­der way to in­ves­ti­gate the cir­cum­stances around the six fatalities between July 1 and Aug 24,” the state­ment said. “This in­volves the race­course and the BHA vet­eri­nary team, race­course de­part­ment and course in­spec­tors look­ing into the spe­cific cir­cum­stances to un­der­stand if there are com­mon fac­tors.”

These fac­tors in­clude any past in­juries to each horse, its vet­eri­nary record, its race his­tory, race con­di­tions and course fac­tors.

The jump meet­ing sched­uled for Sept 15 will now be trans­ferred.

The course had been in­spected be­fore last night’s seven-race card and de­clared safe.

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