Racing to resume at tragic course
A RACECOURSE where four horses died in a single day has been deemed safe after an inspection.
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) visited Musselburgh Racecourse in East Lothian following the deaths of the animals in individual incidents on Monday.
A BHA statement said: ‘We have today confirmed Musselburgh’s fixture on December 10 will go ahead as planned.
‘This is following a thorough inspection by a member of the BHA’s team of course inspectors.
‘The BHA is in the process of fully investigating the circumstances surrounding the four fatalities at Musselburgh on Monday.
‘Today’s inspection has been completed and does not suggest there is any reason why Monday’s fixture cannot go ahead.’ Musselburgh general manager Bill Farnsworth said he believed the deaths were ‘a unique but unfortunate coincidence’ and not a reflection on the racing conditions or procedures followed at the course.
He added: ‘We understand the concerns of the racing industry and general public following such an unusual chain of events.
‘But we are confident that the deaths were not related to track conditions.
‘Racing goes ahead on Monday as scheduled and we will endeavour to uphold best practice and to adhere to the highest safety and welfare standards in supporting the owners, trainers, jockeys and horses taking part.’