Fontwell race stopped and voided

There was drama at Fontwell as the James Todd & Co Accountants Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Chase was stopped mid-race and subsequently voided.


The David Dennis-trained Indiana Bay cut out the early running in the hands of Kieron Edgar, but appeared to go badly wrong after jumping seven fences and was pulled up just after the winning post.

The remaining runners completed another circuit but the yellow stop flag was deployed as the stricken Indiana Bay had collapsed on a part of the track clerk of the course Edward Arkell felt could compromise the safety of the other runners and riders.

Arkell told At The Races: "David Dennis' horse obviously had a problem going into the bend and collapsed passing the winning post.

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"He was on the floor and we had medical and veterinary staff there looking after the horse and making sure the jockey was all right.

"I was not happy that should the runners come past again, that we could ensure the safety of the people there. Going into that bend, they're losing sight slightly.

"Had we been on the straight, I would have been happy to put a hazard flag out and they could have bypassed and gone round the horse, but going into what is quite a tight bend, we had to put health and safety first and stop the race.

"It's not a decision we take lightly. I've clerked for 10 years, I've never had it before and I've never even thought about using a stop-race flag before.

"It's one of those things."

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