Wincanton catch up after emergency
OFFICIALS at Wincanton won their race against time after a medical emergency caused a delay of over 40 minutes to the second contest.
An air ambulance was needed after a horse-box driver collapsed. Following treatment at the course, he was then taken to hospital in Southampton. It resulted in the second race, scheduled for 1pm, going off at 1.41pm.
“A horse box driver collapsed in the stable lads’ canteen. Luckily our paramedics attended to him straight away and our doctor and then an air ambulance was called,” said clerk of the course Barry Johnson.
“He had to be stabilised on site before he could be airlifted to hospi- tal in Southampton. Everybody has been as good as gold and it all came together in the end. All of us at Wincanton wish him well.”
With a further five races to be run, officials needed no more hitches to ensure the card was completed before dark. Mission was accomplished with the last race just three minutes behind time at 3.43pm.
“It was a bit of a struggle,” said Johnson. “Everybody worked to get it all in. We clawed back three or four minutes in the next two or three races, then with the amateur race we could turn that around pretty quick, so when the first four horses were in the winner’s enclosure for the fifth, we rang the bell to get the sixth race out. That helped us catch up and the last race was pretty much on time.”