Injury forces race to be stopped at Carlisle
A Handicap Chase claimed the limelight for all the wrong reasons at Carlisle yesterday after an unfortunate incident led to the race being abandoned midway through the contest.
Top weight Star Player collapsed on the flat in the early stages of the three-and-a-half mile test with what turned out to be a fatal injury.
It was soon realised that the field would be unable to go around the stricken horse, which had suffered a broken leg, and the remaining jockeys were waved around the 11th fence before the race was stopped.
After a lengthy inquiry, the race was declared void and all bets were refunded.
Away from the drama of the abandoned contest, it turned out to be another good day at the office for Donald McCain.
Despite the odds-on reverse of Storming Gale in the opening event, McCain still managed to saddle a double on the card.
The brace was initiated by 3/1 shot Identity Parade, which struck gold under Jason Maguire in the novices' chase.
Stable companion Double Eagle (13/8) then made every yard of the running in the handicap hurdle, beating off the challenge of Mister Pete by eight lengths to record his third course win.
Irish raider Jammia turned over odds-on shot Storming Gale in the novices' hurdle.
Noel Kelly's 20/1 shot powered clear of his rivals in the home straight to score by 29 lengths from River Dragon.