Good deed after racing abandoned at Salisbury

Salisbury Racecourse Stand pic 2011

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 6:52am 12th September 2018. (Updated at 8:58am 12th September 2018)

Racecourse donates to a local charity after hungry grubs force meeting to be scrapped.

Chafer grubs feed on grass roots leaving loose soil, far too dangerous for galloping thoroughbreds.

That left officials at the Netherhampton track no alternative but to abandon the "Twilight" meeting in the interests of safety.

Nobody expected bugs to cancel a fixture there least of all clerk of the course Jeremy Martin:

"I've never known this in my 18 years at Salisbury previously and it's something that can literally happen overnight."

But whilst there was disappointment for owners, jockeys, trainers and fans there was a touching gesture from the racecourse to a local charity.

Staff donated left over food to Alabare which helps the homeless.

GO AHEAD FOR FRIDAY'S CARD:

Salisbury's meeting this Friday (14th September) WILL go ahead, however there will be some alterations.

The British Horseracing Authority has announced the fixture will take place on the straight course only,

The eight-race card will comprise of four of the five races due to be run on the straight course yesterday along with the four races originally scheduled to be run on the straight course on Friday.

You can read more on the BHA website

 

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