Ayr abandoned and horse takes wrong track on dramatic day

A run-of-the-mill day of racing took a dramatic turn when one fixture was abandoned and a fancied horse ran out at another.

Heavy rain forced officials at Ayr to call the meeting off after four races, due to concerns about the ground.

At Newton Abbot, supporters of Jacamar were ruing their luck when the smooth-travelling second favourite took the wrong track in the 3.20pm race.

Ayr's clerk of the course Graeme Anderson said the jockeys reported after the third contest there were some false patches in the rain-softened surface.

The track was checked and the fourth race, the second division of the CPMS Handicap, was run over seven furlongs.

The matter was raised again and evidence was heard from jockeys Daniel Tudhope, Callum Rodriguez and Kevin Stott, plus several trainers.

The stewards then decided to abandon the next five races.

"We had a look and they are pretty deep holes, just really heavy ground," Anderson told Racing UK.

"We have 8mm (of rain) since 12.30pm today, on top of 28mm yesterday.

"It has just been relentless, so it has just taken its toll I think."

Officials considered using just the round course and scrapping the sprint contest at 4.40pm, but Anderson added: "There's a fear that you can't avoid it (the ground) during the race, it's inevitable you could be bumped towards it so it's better to be safe than sorry."

Pagero was a rather fortunate winner of the oldgoldracing.com Thrill Of Ownership Handicap Hurdle at Newton Abbot, as 3/1 shot Jacamar ran out as the runners exited the back straight.

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Rider Kevin Jones tried to take his mount up the inside of Hallings Comet, ridden by Marc Goldstein, but there was no room for the manoeuvre which was missed by the commentator.

Both jockeys were interviewed in a stewards' enquiry and its report said: "Having heard their evidence, the stewards considered that no interference had taken place, as having jumped the third last hurdle well Jones had progressed onto the heels of the leaders and opted for a run up the inside rail when there was an insufficient gap to do so, resulting in Jacamar running out onto the wrong course."

The loss of Ayr's card came just two days after Yarmouth also had to scrap theirs due to a similar issue.

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