Racing abandoned at Yarmouth after final-furlong fall in third race

Mon 3 Aug 2020

Racing at Yarmouth on Monday was abandoned following three races due to concerns over a false patch of ground.

There was a nasty incident in the third race on the card, division two of the Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap, as Lord Chapelfield sadly broke down, catapulting jockey Gabriele Malune into the ground.

Maulne was attended to on the track for some time, before being taken to hospital for further assessment, while a deputation of jockeys subsequently inspected the turf with officials including clerk of the course Richard Aldous.

Aldous said: “The jockeys were concerned about the mark the horse made when he fell. They felt that the course wasn’t fit in their opinion. You have got to respect their opinion as they are the ones riding on it. We will now have a look at the course and take it from there.

“We will have a further look at the course this evening and tomorrow to see where we are at ahead of the meeting that is scheduled to take place on Friday.

“I think it was a unanimous decision by the jockeys and you have to respect that. It was terrible to see. Gabriele has gone to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston for further assessment. He was awake and talking upon leaving the track.”

Racing was abandoned after three races at Yarmouth on Monday
Racing was abandoned after three races at Yarmouth on Monday

He added: “Of course it is always disappointing to call a meeting off midway through, but the safety of our participants must come first.”

PJ McDonald was one of the riders to check the ground, and he said: “We found a patch of ground that was easier to move, with inconsistent ground underneath. We couldn’t tell if that was on a patch where they hadn’t raced yet, so we had to do the right thing and cancel the meeting.”

Amy Murphy, trainer of Lord Chapelfield, said: “It is horrible. Gabriele is my apprentice and we have lost a horse, so it is devastating. He was unconscious and not in a good way for the first five minutes, but the fact that he left in the ambulance talking is really all that matters.

“It is devastating for a team of our size to lose a horse as well, but the main thing that matters is that Gabriele is OK. He was moving all his legs and arms and was talking. Hopefully it will be short term rather than long term, but he has been taken off for full checks.”

She added: “It is one of those horrible things about this game unfortunately. I was watching it live and he did have a heavy fall and please God that he remains in one piece. I’m so sorry for the connections of the horse as he was a home-bred and the breeders adored him.

“It is heartbreaking for them and my condolences go out to them.” Heavy traffic may have caused Richard Spencer to miss the first race at Yarmouth on Monday but good news awaited upon his arrival following the victory of Sefton Warrior in the Handicap.

Heavy traffic may have caused Richard Spencer to miss the first race at Yarmouth on Monday but good news awaited upon his arrival following the victory of Sefton Warrior in the Handicap.

The Newmarket handler had to make do with watching the opening contest on his phone, having been held up on his way to the Norfolk track. However, he was soon smiling thanks to a first career success for the Frankel gelding.

Sent straight into the lead by Hollie Doyle, the 9-4 favourite – who was wearing first-time cheekpieces – made every yard of the running to defeat the fast-finishing Sophar Sogood by a neck and initiate a double for the winning rider.

Spencer said: “I was stuck in traffic watching the race on the phone and I was then getting messages saying ‘well done’ when they still had two furlongs to race, such was the delay on my phone.

“Kieran Shoemark got off him the last day and said step him up to a mile six as that is what he wants.

“Kieran couldn’t ride him today unfortunately, but Hollie has done a fantastic job. Now he has got his head in front hopefully that will give him a bit more confidence.

“He had cheekpieces on just to help him concentrate.”

While Spencer hopes this is the first of many wins on the Flat for Sefton Warrior, he has not ruled out the possibility of sending him over hurdles later in the year.

He added: “We have got a lot more fun hopefully to be had on the Flat, but he also has the potential to go hurdling as well.

“He is a good, sound horse and has definitely got the size and scope to go jumping.”

Volcano Bay went one better than on her previous two starts to complete Doyle’s brace with a decisive success in division one of the Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap.

Doyle said of the Ismail Mohammed trained 5-4 shot: “I got told to go forward with her and ride her where she is happy. Luke Morris (on Sea Of Maria) didn’t want to take it up, so I just let her slide along.

“She can be keen and you have got to wrestle with her, but today she dropped the bit brilliantly. She travels well, often she doesn’t find an awful lot but she has done it well today.”

Julia Feilden showered 7lb claimer Tyler Heard with plenty of praise following his victory aboard Winter Snowdrop (7-1) in division two.

The Exning handler said: “She was well ridden by Tyler and I think this lad is going places. He is with the right trainer in Richard Hughes and he can help move his career forwards.

“I just put a different noseband on the horse and a tongue tie on as I noticed it was hanging out last time and I think that has helped her.”

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