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Southwell Racecourse forced to suspend jump racing until further notice after two more horses die at Thursday event

Southwell Racecourse has been forced to suspend jump racing until further notice after two more horses died at Thursday's event.

Cillians Well was fatally injured after falling four fences from home in the opening race, while Day Of Roses died after falling in the subsequent handicap chase.

Southwell Racecourse (31815565)
Southwell Racecourse (31815565)

There has previously been six horse fatalities in one month at the track.

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and Arena Racing Company (ARC) jointly came to the decision.

Racing returned at the Southwell course in July after action was halted because of the coronavirus pandemic.

BHA and ARC issued a joint statement which read: “The British Horseracing Authority and Arena Racing Company have jointly made the decision to suspend jump racing at Southwell until further notice.

“This is to allow a comprehensive investigation to take place following two further fatalities at this evening’s fixture.

“A process is already under way to investigate the circumstances around the six fatalities that occurred at the track since between July 1 and August 24.

“This involves the racecourse and the BHA’s veterinary team, racecourse department and course inspectors looking into the specific circumstances to understand if there are any common factors.

“Following this evening’s fixture, jump racing will not take place at Southwell until further notice whilst a comprehensive review is carried out.

“These fixtures will be rescheduled at alternative jump racecourses with details to be announced in the coming days.”

The deaths will be looked into by the racecourse, BHA vets and course inspectors to see if there are any common factors, including:

  • Any history of injury, veterinary treatment, or medication
  • Race history, number and detail of previous starts, interval between previous starts
  • Race conditions such as handicap rating, age, class of race
  • Course factors such as ground and obstacles

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