Windsor card abandoned

Racing at Windsor was abandoned

Monday evening's meeting at Windsor was abandoned after four races when an inspection committee decided the bend was unsafe.

Earlier on the card a horse had slipped on the bend but managed to stay on its feet and during the next two races, which were on the straight course, remedial work was carried out to try and make the ground safer.

However, a delegation of jockeys, which included jockeys' safety officer Fergus Sweeney, came to the conclusion that the bend, which had been watered along with the whole course before the meeting, was unsafe to continue.

The next scheduled race was the feature Sky Bet Royal Windsor Stakes. The same meeting 12 months ago was also abandoned halfway through in similar circumstances.

Stipendiary steward Paul Barton told At The Races: "In the second race a horse got forced wide and slipped coming out of the bend.

"Remedial work was carried out but jockeys expressed concerns whether it was safe to continue to race around it.

"Fergus Sweeney, Andrea Atzeni, Jamie Spencer and others inspected the bend but there were concerns if horses went wide there was an increased chance they could slip.

"At that time there was no option that we had to abandon as they felt it wasn't safe.

"The British Horseracing Authority will look into why it happened, all the stewards on the day can take into account is the ground on the day.

"We can't take the risk of any horse or jockey being injured."

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