Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Artful Lady's fatal slip raises safety concerns at Warwick

The meeting at Warwick last night was abandoned in the interests of safety after just two races following an equine fatality.

The seven-race card was brought to a premature end following events after the opening six-furlong handicap, when Artful Lady slipped and fell approaching the three-furlong marker.

George Margarson's five-year-old mare had to be put down.

Trainers, jockeys and on-site stewards inspected the home bend and then staged an inquiry.

The afflicted area was heavily sanded, with the following six-furlong fillies' stakes delayed and eventually given the go-ahead.

Following the conclusion of that race, it was announced that racing was to be abandoned.

* BANBRIDGE jockey Pat Cosgrave is free to ride at Epsom's Investec Derby meeting after the British Horseracing Authority announced the date for application for the non-reciprocation of a ban he received in Dubai would be June 10.

The rider was initially handed a six-month ban by the Emirates Racing Authority following his performance on the Mike de Kock-trained Anaerobio at Meydan in March.

Cosgrave was found to have moved his mount off the rail in the straight to allow stablemate Vercingetorix through on the inside to win the Group One Jebel Hatta, with Anaerobio eventually third. The ban was reduced to four months following an appeal.

Cosgrave asked the BHA not to impose the suspension in this country and will be free to ride until his appeal is heard.

The BHA tweeted: "Date for the application for non-reciprocation of penalty by Pat Cosgrave to be heard by disciplinary panel has been set for June 10.

"The stay on Cosgrave's suspension has been extended until this date, meaning that he is free to ride in the meantime."

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