STIPES BID TO SOLVE OTAKI MYSTERY

Stipe Neil Goodwin will tomorrow attempt to unravel the reason why a horse  slipped, ending race meeting early on Sunday.

It was the Otaki-Maori Racing Club’s first meeting for several months, during which repairs were made to improve the track surface.

The first two races were completed without a hitch but a runner slipped in the third and another jockey said he didn’t feel ”the ground was right”, Goodwin said.

“There was no way the meeting would continue after that.

“I am totally mystified. I want  to get to the bottom of this. It goes without saying it’s not a good look for racing. There was a big crowd on course.”

Goodwin said four horses ran side-by-side to test the track before racing started and all jockeys gave the thumbs up.

He will inspect the course Wednesday with national venue inspector Gary Foskett.

The next Otaki meeting is scheduled for November 8.

In the Messara Report, released by Racing Minister Winston Peters in August, Otaki was one of 28 courses around the country recommended to remain open while 20 others were recommended for closure, including other Central Districts tracks Woodville and Waipukurau.

 

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