RACING has been abandoned at Brighton after just one contest – and a two-hour delay.
The first race on the day sparked a punter meltdown after the stall handlers did not get to the track in time.There were atrocious conditions at Brighton – and a farcical first race that left punters fuming[/caption]
That meant a flip start was used for the five-and-a-half furlong race.
Punters could not see any of the horses and the start was a total disaster.
Hayley Moore, reporting for Sky from the track, said: “As you can see it’s still lightly raining, it hasn’t shifted.
“The main problem is there is no wind and it’s not pushing the fog through.
“It can come in as quick as it can go and it can turn cold really quickly. Mother Nature is against us today.
“Stewards were giving it every chance but because it’s such a calm day that hasn’t happened.
“It’s still drizzling and the conditions still abysmal.”
“The jockeys all seemed relatively happy to try to get through it.
“But even David Probert who won the first race said he couldn’t see and that’s when alarm bells started ringing.
“The medical professionals weren’t happy with the visibility out there.
“They had different plans in place to try to get it through but it’s a sport and when you’re talking about risking lives it’s not worth persevering with.
“It’s a sad end to the Brighton Festival.”
More to follow.