Owner makes a splash at Lingfield

The runners make their way down the back straight at Lingfield with the river in the foreground.

Owner Eddie Evans had an evening he is unlikely to forget at Lingfield on Saturday after falling in a river before welcoming Medburn Dream into the winner's enclosure.

Evans was at Royal Ascot during the afternoon to see Medburn Cutler finish down the field in the concluding Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He then caught a helicopter to Lingfield along with his wife and jockey Silvestre de Sousa to see Medburn Dream line up as a hot favourite for the seven-and-a-half-furlong handicap.

Shortly after touching down, Evans felt the need to urinate in the Eden Brook river in the centre of the course.

However, he was soon left to regret the decision after he slipped into the water dressed in his finery.

An ambulance swiftly came to his rescue, but Evans was uninjured and after a quick shower and change at the racecourse hotel, he was able to celebrate Medburn Dream's nine-length success.

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Trainer Paul Henderson said: "It's unbelievable, really. We've all been in stitches about it.

"We were all at Ascot with Medburn Cutler and Eddie was worried we wouldn't get to Lingfield in time to see Medburn Dream run, so he rang Silvestre de Sousa's agent and asked if there was room in the helicopter for him.

"He'd had quite a few drinks during the afternoon and I was a bit worried he might end up being sick over Silvestre in the helicopter!

"After the helicopter landed he was busting for the loo, so he went into the ditch near the river and ended up falling in in his top hat and tails!

"He was absolutely drenched, but other than that he was fine and the people at Lingfield were good enough to take him to the Marriott Hotel to let him have a shower.

"They gave him one of the Lingfield Park tracksuits to wear, so we've got pictures of him at Ascot in the afternoon in his morning suit and then by the end of the night he had a Lingfield tracksuit on. You couldn't make it up.

"I've spoken to him this morning and he was still laughing about it and found it all very entertaining.

"It was great to see Medburn Dream win. Silvestre rode him over seven furlongs at Goodwood the time before and he missed the break.

"He suggested we stepped him up to a mile and he was confident he'd win, but I didn't expect him to win by nine lengths."


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