RACING at Yarmouth has been ABANDONED over safety fears after a horse suffered a fatal injury.
Lord Chapelfield was in third place around half a furlong from home in the 3pm race when he fell, with jockey Gabriele Malune reportedly knocked unconscious.
There was a significant delay while horse and rider received medical attention, with Amy Murphy’s runner sadly unable to be saved.
Italian jock Malune was taken to hospital, though his injuries are not believed to be serious.
A delegation of jockeys and officials inspected the course after the incident, and the decision was made to abandon due to a ‘false patch’ of 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.”
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