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Coleman questions security

By Chris Wilson

Aidan Coleman has questioned why the four people believed to have been linked with an alleged assault on the jockey at Southwell on Tuesday were not escorted from the racecourse sooner.

Coleman made a brisk return to action at Chepstow yesterday when his sole mount Set List finished fifth in the Dalepak Ltd Supports Paul's Place Novices Handicap Chase.

Two men and two women were arrested by Nottinghamshire Police in connection with the incident which occurred after the final race on the card at 5.10pm, in which Coleman finished last aboard Sawwala.

A stewards' report from Southwell said two members of the general public gained access into the jockeys' changing room, with Coleman having sustained minor injuries, including two chipped teeth requiring dentistry work.

Southwell general manager Mark Clayton confirmed that course officials had refused to serve alcohol from 4pm to the four people believed to have been those arrested .

Clayton said security on racedays would now be heightened, but Coleman said: "The people at fault are the two that got into the jockeys' changing room, and the only comment I would make is to question why they were still on the racecourse in the state they were.

"Southwell have announced that they are beefing up security so from my perspective it's over, though of course the police investigation will continue so I wouldn't have any more to say about it anyway.

"Us jumps jockeys are a tough bunch and a slap from a drunk wouldn't be enough to stop us going back to work the next day."

Nottinghamshire Police said in a statement that two men and one woman were arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage, with another woman arrested on suspicion of obstructing police.

Arena Racing Company, which owns Southwell and 14 other tracks, said the four people linked with the alleged assault would be banned from its racecourses.

Professional Jockeys Association chief executive Paul Struthers said: "We would ask other racecourses to review their arrangements and satisfy themselves that this couldn't happen at their track."

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