Horse Racing

Sligo statement on safety after four horses slip in same race

Racing leaders are confident the issues which caused Sligo's recent fixture to be abandoned can be addressed.

The August 7 card was called off after four horses slipped in the Kevin Egan Cars Handicap over 1m 2f.

Apprentice Ben Cohen suffered a broken collarbone after coming off his mount – and missed the ride on The Lir Jet in yesterday's Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes.

One horse stumbled and unseated the jockey during the race on Friday, while three others came to grief after the line on the same part of the track.

Jockeys and trainers went into the stewards room and the decision was made to end proceedings.

In a statement, the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board said at the racecourse's meeting two days earlier, several riders expressed concern about the bend past the stands being slippy.

This was addressed at the time and afterwards with remedial work, before the track raced again.

"Unfortunately, during the running of the fourth race, four horses slipped on the same part of the bend which had been used for horses, people and machinery to access the stableyard on August 5," said the IHRB spokesperson.

"A damp morning where 5mm of rain fell, followed by a warm, sunny afternoon may have been a contributory factor. 
 


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"Following initial investigations since the incident, it would appear that the grass in this area was flattened by the crossing traffic on August 5 and made greasy and slippy with the rain that morning.

"This appears to be one of the reasons for the horses slipping."

The next fixture on August 19 has a programme of National Hunt races.

"The IHRB will continue to review and monitor Sligo racecourse and work closely with the racecourse executive to ensure safety in all areas and we will be liaising with the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association, the Irish Jockeys Association and other relevant interested stakeholders over this issue in the coming days," the statement added.

"We are confident that by making a number of adjustments in this general area the issues experienced on August 7 can be resolved."

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