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The British Horseracing Authority is trying to address the issue by publishing a detailed breakdown of the last year’s non-runners trainer by trainer
There are 15 non-runners on Tuesday’s four cards already, including no fewer than nine of the original 68 final declarations on the Flat card at Ayr, which gives a glimpse of the scale of the problem that the British Horseracing Authority is trying to address by publishing a detailed breakdown of the last year’s non-runners by trainer.
The tables published on Monday highlighted several trainers whose non-runner rate is above the threshold level that could trigger a 12-month ban on using the self-certification system to withdraw horses from their yard.
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• Nearly a quarter of Liverpool trainer’s declared runners failed to start
• Morris given six months to reduce high non-runner rate
Pat Morris, who was warned by the British Horseracing Authority six years ago over the high rate of non-runners from his stable, is in danger of becoming the first trainer to lose the right to self-certify his horses after it emerged on Monday that nearly a quarter of all the declared runners from his yard are eventual non-runners.
Morris’s non-runner rate was the worst of any British trainer either on the Flat or over jumps when the BHA published detailed tables of declarations and non‑runners for the first time on Monday, covering the year between 1 October 2016 and 30 September 2017. The trainer, who runs a small stable near Liverpool, declared 104 horses to run over the 12-month period, of which 24, or 23%, then failed to start.
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• Scottish track have confirmed Ayr Gold Cup will not be run this season
• Track to investigate cause of problems which caused abandonment
The British Horseracing Authority has asked Ayr racecourse to report on the circumstances surrounding the abandonment of the track’s three-day Western meeting, due to a small area of waterlogged turf on an otherwise raceable track. The final card of the meeting, including the £200,000 Ayr Gold Cup, was abandoned on Friday morning, just 24 hours after news of the potential problem emerged.
The BHA’s request for more information stops short of a formal investigation, but the regulator will be keen to address the surprise and disappointment among punters and professionals alike at the sudden loss of a meeting offering £700,000 in prize money.
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