Safety concerns cut short Chepstow racing
Races at Chepstow were ceased on Monday, owing to concerns about the surface. The decision was announced following an inspection of the ground that was carried out after only the second of the scheduled eight races of the day. Executive director Phil Bell declared that the race meeting had to be discontinued due to the appearance of some false patches of ground on the course. The problem initially surfaced during the first race that took place over six furlongs. Considering remedial work to be necessary, the stewards allowed the stalls to be moved about three yards ahead of the original start position for the second race. However, riders raised questions regarding the false patches, which led to an inspection by jockeys, officials and trainers and finally, abandonment of the day’s meeting. Having arranged for a professional inspection of the course on Tuesday, Chepstow will offer 50% refund to the spectators, along with goodwill payments to jockeys and owners who have been affected by the discontinuation.
Muntahaa wins Ebor Handicap
Owner James Gosden claims a one-two finish as Muntahaa had a comfortable win of the Ebor Handicap title at York. With jockey Jim Crowley atop, the 11-1 shot beat stablemate Weekender, ridden by Frankie Dettori, adding to Gosden’s Friday win with Stradivarius at the Lonsdale Cup. Sea the Lion came third at the Ebor Handicap with jockey Ronan Whelan. Drawn in stall 21, Crowley kept the horse alone of the right hand rail before charging in and joining the main group. Though Weekender was seen making an impressive move for the finish line, Muntahaa surged in to win by almost three and quarter lengths. Crowley was reported saying that he was not really expecting the win, but he was confident that Muntahaa was a horse with a lot of talent.
Mark Johnston breaks British record of most number of wins
Mark Johnston became the trainer with maximum number of winners in Britain as Poet’s Society’s handicap win at York marked Johnston’s 4,194th win. Ridden by jockey Frankie Dettori, the 20-1 shot rode to victory, taking 58 year old Johnston past the record set by Richard Hannon Sr, who retired five years ago. Hailing from the village Middleham of Yorkshire, Johnston had trained his first winner back in 1987 and has earned over £53 million as prize money through his victories till date. The Scot actually saddled nine horses without a single winner, to pursue the record on Wednesday. However, Poet’s Society finally obliged as one of Johnston’s two runners at the Clippers Logistics Handicap. Johnston mentioned that it was Poet’s Society’s 26th run of 2018 and he felt happy that the accomplishment of a new record happened to Johnston with a horse like this.