Stewards inquire into two runners at Bangor but gamble goes astray
Stewards at Bangor held inquires into two runners on Friday's card, although it did not take long for any gamble to come unstuck with both runners pulled-up.
The prices of Mega Mind, trained by former Gold Cup-winning rider Sam Thomas, and the John David Riches-trained About Glory, both collapsed having started the day as 33-1 shots, with the gambles causing “concern” among the BHA’s integrity compartment.
Mega Mind, making his handicap debut in the 2m½f handicap hurdle at 4.05, was sent off the 11-4 favourite and prior to the race a stewards’ report read: “Following concerns raised by the integrity department at the head office of the British Horseracing Authority, an inquiry was held prior to the running of this race due to betting concerns surrounding Mega Mind trained by Sam Thomas. The trainer was interviewed and the stewards noted his comments.”
The same report appeared for About Glory, sent off at 5-1 despite being well beaten in three juvenile hurdles to date, prior to the 2m3½f handicap hurdle at 4.40, with Paddy Power reporting plenty of business for the pair.
Earlier in the day, spokesman Paul Binfield said: “We’ve seen a lot of action for Sam Thomas’s Mega Mind in the 4.05pm and that one’s into 9-4 from 33s, while it’s a similar story in the 4.40pm with About Glory, who is 7-2 from 33-1. The singles alone will be relatively costly, but should the pair both oblige we’re looking at a payout well into six figures.”
Adam Nicol had been due to ride both horses but with the jockey reportedly injured, Richie McLernon stepped in for Mega Mind who failed to complete, while champion jockey Richard Johnson suffered a similar fate on About Glory.
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