Wincanton catch up after emer­gency

Western Daily Press - - Football -

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.”

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