Consternation as Haydock and Navan action collides
On a day when two meetings were lost to the weather, it might be hoped that fans watching at home could see all British and Irish racing uninhibited.
However, more than a quick finger on the remote was required for viewers on television as Haydock and Navan's races continually ran into each other during the busiest period of the afternoon.
The clash, which drew widespread criticism on social media, arose from Haydock's decision, backed by the BHA, to delay race times by five minutes to allow ITV4 to show an extra race.
But the BHA pointed the finger at Navan, accusing stewards there of refusing a request to delay four races by five minutes.
BHA media manager Robin Mounsey said: "As a contingency for the loss of Ascot we agreed with the racecourse to delay all races at Haydock by five minutes, which would allow ITV to show a fourth race from Haydock, which we were keen to accommodate so that terrestrial viewers could enjoy as much racing as possible.
"As this would cause a clash with races at Navan we agreed with that racecourse that they would also delay.
"These type of scheduling movements happen regularly. We are always keen to assist off-course betting, and have dedicated staff working on scheduling in real time.
"Our counterparts in Ireland are usually very accommodating to such requests. Unfortunately on this occasion, when trying to enact this, the Irish stewards refused our request. We will follow up with the Irish authorities to determine the cause of the issue and ensure our regular cooperation is restored."
It is understood that, when consulted, the Navan stewards saw no fit reason to delay their races.
Among the social media comments, one tweeter observed that the finishes of the two races at 1.35, which included a Grade 2 novice chase at Haydock, took place within ten seconds of each other.