Saturday 25 November 2017

Fashionable girl's stumble brings action to early end

RACING at Wolverhampton was abandoned last night after just four races.

Fashionable Girl stumbled and unseated her rider on leaving the stalls in the Maiden Stakes, won by Masterful Act, prompting concerns about the Polytrack surface.

A considerable delay to the scheduled fifth race at 6.0 eventually saw the jockeys return from the start, after which the decision to abandon was made.

"It was clumping up under the feet of the horses in the stalls and it made her stumble when she came out," said Fashionable Girl's rider Stevie Donohoe.

Clerk of the course Fergus Cameron is hopeful that racing will go ahead as planned tonight.

"We experienced a very sudden drop in temperatures during the first four races. We plan to work the track in an endeavour to address the issues that have arisen," he said.

Irish Independent

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