A controversy sparked at Bangor racecourse as trainers and racecourse officials clashed over the condition of the ground, resulting in several withdrawals from the races.
Prior to the races, a group of trainers and officials inspected the ground and expressed their dissatisfaction with the conditions. Kerry Lee, one of the trainers, withdrew her runner Tedtwo from the Novice Hurdle.
High Number of Non-Runners
As a result of the row, there were a total of 11 non-runners on the card, with the opening race being reduced to just two runners.
Track Insists on Safety
The clerk of the course, Andrew Tulloch, maintained that the ground was safe for racing. He explained that while there may be some crust in certain areas, the majority of the track had been covered with fleece for the past few days. Tulloch emphasized that the track would not take any risks that could endanger the horses or jockeys.
Despite the track's reassurances, trainer Kerry Lee, who is based in Herefordshire, disagreed. Lee expressed concerns about the frozen and boggy conditions and stated that she would withdraw her runner unless there was a significant improvement in the ground.