Ascot fined after groundstaff narrowly escapes collision in Sodexo Gold Cup
Ascot has been fined £3,500 by a BHA disciplinary panel after a member of its groundstaff was nearly hit by runners in the Sodexo Gold Cup on November 2 – putting all those involved at "serious risk".
The panel heard that the track at Ascot had incurred damage from the five previous races run on the card and a decision had been made for members of the groudstaff to repair the track in-running with the use of forks.
Those members carried radios in order to warn each other as to the impending arrival of the runners but in spite of this one was nearly hit by the 16-runner field, only avoiding a collision when hearing shouts from the jockeys.
The panel surmised that in failing to ensure a surface that was fit for racing, Ascot had put the safety of both the groundstaff and the runners at risk with particular concern expressed about what might have transpired had a repair fork been dropped on the track.
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