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“But having said that, temperatures haven’t really got up much. It feels more like autumn than spring, it’s significantly colder than yesterday and, if it had just gone up a couple of degrees with a bit of sunshine, that would have helped. But that’s Mother Nature for you.”

According to Mr Stansall, soft or heavy ground means competing horses have to jump as much as six additional inches in places, which, coupled with the length of the race and the number of horses involved, creates a “perfect storm” and “a recipe for injury or death.”

He added: “I think it’s time that jockeys use their common sense and don’t push the horses so much if conditions are clearly dangerous, don’t whip a clearly tired horse, especially if the ground is going to be heavy or soft.



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