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Yarmouth racing abandoned as horse suffers fatal injury and jockey hospitalised

Racing at Yarmouth was abandoned on Monday after a horse died and a jockey was reportedly knocked unconscious.

Lord Chapelfield was in third place around half a furlong from the finish line when he dramatically fell and was sadly unable to be saved.

Jockey Gabriele Malune was rushed to hospital but was discharged shortly afterwards, with his injuries fortunately proving to not be serious.

Following an inspection to the course, the decision was made to abandon for the day due to a 'false patch' on the ground.

Clerk of the course Richard Aldous said: "The jockeys were not happy with the ground, there was a divet we found where the horse went down. You have to respect their decision.

"We have had eight meetings on it so far and the ground has been no different. I had it as Good to Firm, Good in places this morning.

"I thought it was lovely ground when I walked the course at 12, there were no divets on the track when we walked it. We would have found anything if it was there.

"We will go out and have a look at the course this afternoon, hopefully someone will come down and look with us tomorrow and we will take it from there.

"It was terrible to see. Gabriele has gone to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston for further assessment. He was awake and talking upon leaving the track."

Anne Murphy trained Lord Chapelfield, and added: "It is horrible. Gabriele is my apprentice and we have lost a horse, so it is devastating. He was unconscious and not in a good way for the first five minutes, but the fact that he left in the ambulance talking is really all that matters.

"It is devastating for a team of our size to lose a horse as well, but the main thing that matters is that Gabriele is OK. He was moving all his legs and arms and was talking. Hopefully it will be short term rather than long term, but he has been taken off for full checks."

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