Don­caster called off after Ai­dan tum­ble

The Racing Paper - - News -

DON­CASTER had to be aban­doned yes­ter­day after five races when the track was deemed un­fit for rac­ing.

The first four races on Town Moor took place largely with­out in­ci­dent, but in the fifth Joueur Bre­silien and Ai­dan Cole­man slipped up on the bend, prompt­ing a del­e­ga­tion of jock­eys and of­fi­cials to in­spect the track.

The de­ci­sion was then made to aban­don the fi­nal two races, with clerk of the course Rod­er­ick Dun­can keen for race­course staff to be­gin re­me­dial work on the track im­me­di­ately to en­sure to­day’s seven-race card could go ahead as planned.

Dun­can said: “None of us want to see horses com­ing down like that. It gave us a prob­lem ear­lier in the day and the track has con­tin­ued to dry through the day.

“The con­sen­sus was it wasn’t safe. We wanted to start our prepa­ra­tion by slit­ting the track and start­ing wa­ter­ing now to get it right for to­mor­row.

“We’ll aer­ate the track and get some ir­ri­gated wa­ter on to it.”

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