Cook gets a rep­ri­mand for guid­ing the field

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RACING - TOM RICH­MOND

DANNY COOK has been ad­mon­ished by Grand Na­tional stew­ards – for help­ing di­rect horses around Becher’s Brook on the sec­ond cir­cuit of the world-fa­mous race.

Cook was lead­ing the race on Sue and Har­vey Smith’s I Just Know when fall­ing at Becher’s, with two other horses com­ing down in the en­su­ing melee.

Yet, with rider Char­lie Deutsch be­ing treated on the ground by medics af­ter part­ing com­pany from the un­scathed Hou­blon Des Obeaux, the re­main­ing run­ners were routed around the ob­sta­cle on the fi­nal cir­cuit.

How­ever, just as two-time race win­ner Ruby Walsh did in 2015, York­shire-based Cook pointed the field away from the fence so Deutsch could con­tinue to be treated.

Praised on ITV by Walsh for his lead­er­ship and re­spon­si­bil­ity to oth­ers, BHA stew­ards took a dim view.

“Af­ter be­ing in­ter­viewed, his ex­pla­na­tion that he was at­tempt­ing to help the race­course staff by guid­ing the run­ners and loose horses around the by­passed fence was noted,” said a state­ment. “He was re­minded of his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to not become in­volved in these pro­ce­dures.”

The race saw the Smith-trained Delu­sion of grande ur pulled up af­ter a cir­cuit–he never trav­elled for Henry Brooke – while See you at mid­night ran promi­nently for Brian Hughes be­fore fad­ing late on. He’ll be aimed at the race next year by trainer Sandy Thom­son.

Though just 12 of the 38 run­ners com­pleted the course af­ter heavy ground be­came very sticky, Deutsch did walk gin­gerly back to the weigh­ing room with noth­ing worse than bruis­ing.

And, for the sixth suc­ces­sive year, there were no equine ca­su­al­ties – Ain­tree veteran Saint Are, who came to grief at the Chair, was treated overnight by vets be­fore be­ing al­lowed to re­turn to the sta­bles of Tom Ge­orge.

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