The day after a key Windsor Racecourse feature was abandoned mid-card for a second straight year, Arena Racing Company has replaced the clerk of the course, Jeff Green, according to Racing Post. Monday’s card, which was scheduled to include the Listed Sky Bet Royal Windsor S., was abandoned after a horse slipped on the turn. Racegoers will be offered free admission to a future meeting and owners and jockeys will be financially compensated.
“Arc and the team at Royal Windsor would like to apologise to everyone who was inconvenienced by yesterday’s events,” the company said in a statement. “After a review of the incident by Arc’s racing department a number of actions are being undertaken. In order to ensure the safety of all participants extra remedial work will take place on the bends. The team at Royal Windsor will remain in close contact with the BHA course inspector and the Horsemen’s Group, and Ed Arkell, regional clerk for the south, will take clerking responsibility for the coming meetings.”
The statement continued, “The owners of the 32 horses due to run in the last three races which did not take place will each receive £300 from Royal Windsor to help cover their costs. The seven jockeys who attended the fixture but did not ride will receive £115.52, equating to one riding fee. All racegoers who attended will be able to apply for a complimentary badge to come racing on Monday, May 22, or Monday, June 12, which is the Irish race evening, one of Royal Windsor’s premium fixtures. In order to obtain a new badge for one of these dates they need to retain their badge from yesterday and call the office or email at [email protected]”