Rac­ing to re­sume at tragic course

Scottish Daily Mail - - Christmas Life - By Lucy Christie

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.’

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