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Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton: five races were remaining at the track

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Wolverhampton off after just three races

WOLVERHAMPTON'S meeting on Saturday was abandoned after just three races on the grounds of safety.

Jockeys were concerned by the kickback at the course and met with officials after the third race. It was then decided the remaining five races would not be run.

Stipendiary steward Robert Sidebottom said: "After the first three races there were concerns about the kickback and the surface balling in the horses' hooves.

"We interviewed jockeys and trainers and there were concerns about welfare of horses and jockeys. With that in mind we've decided the meeting should be abandoned."

Ian Williams, one of the trainers consulted, said: "I don't think the surface is riding safe for the horses from what I've seen and neither do the jockeys."

 
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