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Jump racing at Southwell suspended after eight fatalities at track since July

By Andy Stephens@StevoGG
Thu 3 Sep 2020

Jump racing has been suspended at Southwell until further notice, after two further equine fatalities at the Nottinghamshire track on Thursday evening.

After the deaths of Cillian’s Well and Day Of Roses in the first two races on the card, the BHA and owners ARC issued a joint statement which read: “The British Horseracing Authority and Arena Racing Company have jointly made the decision to suspend jump racing at Southwell until further notice.

“This is to allow a comprehensive investigation to take place following two further fatalities at this evening’s fixture.

 Southwell was inspected before racing on Thursday by a BHA Course Inspector and was deemed fit to race (Focusonracing)
Southwell was inspected before racing on Thursday by a BHA Course Inspector and was deemed fit to race (Focusonracing)

“A process is already under way to investigate the circumstances around the six fatalities that occurred at the track since between July 1 and August 24.

“This involves the racecourse and the BHA’s veterinary team, racecourse department and course inspectors looking into the specific circumstances to understand if there are any common factors.”

The statement added: “Following this evening’s fixture, jump racing will not take place at Southwell until further notice whilst a comprehensive review is carried out.

“These fixtures will be rescheduled at alternative jump racecourses with details to be announced in the coming days.”

Brant Dunshea, chief regulatory officer at the BHA, said: “The BHA and ARC met earlier this week and agreed a series of immediate measures which were put in place for this evening’s meeting.

“The course was inspected prior to racing by a BHA course inspector and was deemed fit to race. Pre-race checks were also carried out on all horses competing by BHA veterinary officers.

“In the sad event of two further fatalities, we have jointly decided with ARC to suspend jump racing at Southwell until further notice whilst we work together to complete a detailed investigation.”

ARC issued their own statement, too, which read: "In light of an unacceptable number of fatal injuries incurred at recent meetings, ARC will continue and expedite a comprehensive review and investigation, working closely with BHA and horsemen.

"There will be a full review into all possible factors, including (but not limited to) fence and hurdle design, track layout and configuration and going as well as GPS speed and timing data. It will also consider horse ratings.

"Jump racing will only return to Southwell when ARC and the BHA are satisfied that all necessary measures to mitigate against injuries at the track have been implemented, so enabling jump racing to return with confidence."

Elysian Prince was fatally injured in a fall at Southwell on July 30 and then, on August 10, Cheltenham Festival winner Croco Bay and debutant Lost On You were fatally injured.

There were three deaths on August 24 – Swarez, Avarchie and Booyakasha – after which the BHA launched an investigation.

There were 173 equine deaths from 91,937 runners in 2019, according to BHA figures – representing a fatality rate of 0.19 per cent of runners – while faller rates last year reached an all-time low of 2.37 per cent.

The Southwell fixtures will be rescheduled at alternative Jump racecourses with details to be announced in the coming days.

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