Big gambles foiled at Bangor as Stewards ask questions over "betting concerns"

By Andy Stephens@StevoGG
Fri 31 Aug 2018

Two gambles that went astray at Bangor on Friday triggered stewards’ enquiries after being flagged up by the Integrity Department of the British Horseracing Authority.

Officials at the track held two separate enquiries because of “betting concerns” surrounding Mega Mind, owned and trained by Sam Thomas, who started 11-4 favourite for the two-mile handicap hurdle after being available at 40-1 at the start of the day, and the John David Riches-trained About Glory, who was also a massive market mover in the 2m 3f handicap hurdle half an hour later.

Adam Nichol was scheduled to ride both horses but, reportedly injured, was replaced by Richie Mclernon and Richard Johnson respectively.

Both trainers were interviewed before their horses fluffed their lines.

Mega Mind was forecast to start among the rank outsiders for his race, having offered next to nothing in his previous four races under Rules and never previously having been sent off shorter than 66-1.

He was matched at 59-1 overnight on Betfair but the initial 40-1 offered by bookmakers quickly evaporated.

Mega Mind touched 9-4 minutes before the off but those who followed the money got their fingers burnt as the five-year-old was in trouble some way out and was pulled up before two out. Included, trained by Alastair Ralph and ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies, took the spoils.

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The trainer, who rode Denman to Gold Cup glory as a jockey, was interviewed before the race and the Stewards noted his comments.

Similarly, John David Riches was interviewed before the J R Racing-owned About Glory, who had previously run poorly in juvenile hurdles, ran badly in his race.

He was eventually sent off at 5-1 but, like Mega Mind, was pulled up.

It is unclear whether the horses were backed individually or in doubles.

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