The Sunday Post (Inverness)

Racing to restart after four horses die in a day


A race course where four horses died in a single day has been deemed safe after an inspection by the British Horseracin­g Authority. The BHA sent a team of course inspectors to Musselburg­h racecourse in East Lothian after the deaths of the animals in individual incidents last Monday.

General manager Bill Farnsworth said he believed they were “a unique but unfortunat­e coincidenc­e” and not a reflection on the racing conditions or procedures followed at Musselburg­h.

Mr Farnsworth said: “We understand the concerns of the racing industry and the general public following such an unusual chain of events, however, we were confident that the deaths were not related to track conditions.

“We will endeavour to uphold best practice and to adhere to the highest safety and welfare standards.” A BHA statement said: “The British Horseracin­g Authority has today confirmed that 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 carried out on Friday December 7. “The BHA are in the process of fully investigat­ing the circumstan­ces surroundin­g the four fatalities at Musselburg­h.”

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