Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

Abandoned Newbury meeting lined up for re-run

The Newbury meeting which was abandoned last Saturday is poised to be rescheduled for this Friday.

The jumps fixture, featuring the totesport Trophy, was called off following just one race after two horses lost their lives in the parade ring.

Fenix Two and Marching Song were about to be mounted by their jockeys on the grass on the far side of the paddock before the first race when they fell to the ground and died.

Speculation has been rife since the horrific events that the horses may have suffered from some form of electric shock.

However, officials at the Berkshire venue are confident the track is again fit for racing.

Stephen Higgins, joint-managing director of Newbury, said: “It has been a difficult week so far for all involved with Saturday's traumatic events.

“Having received confirmation from Southern Electric Power Distribution that the paddock site is safe for both horses and people, we are confident that racing should resume.

“We have been in talks with the BHA and our sponsors the Tote and AON, with regard to rescheduling the remaining races and it is our intention for them to take place on Friday, February 18.

“Restaging the fixture is an expensive, but necessary exercise and we are very grateful to the BHA and the title sponsors, the Tote, AON, as well as the Horsemen and The Levy Board.”

The British Horseracing Authority have authorised the rescheduling pending receipt of written confirmation from Newbury Racecourse that there are no outstanding issues and the satisfactory review of the post-mortem and samples taken from the affected horses.

The results of the post-mortem examinations into the two horses were expected to have been revealed yesterday but have since been delayed.

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