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This topic has just been covered on Radio 5 Live as well as the BBC News website.<br>Clearly the number of equine fatalities in just over a month is unfortunate though given the amount of meetings hosted at Wolves (98 thus far this year) the deaths may be simply compressed into a shorter time frame than elsewhere.<br>Theories espoused are:-<br>- too many meetings mean track is insufficiently prepared (Lingfield can’t hold many less meetings).<br>- mediocre horses racing round a tight track seeking the same ground<br>-surface becoming compressed due to too much racing and riding faster (disputed on this thread).<br>Radio 5 tried to draw parallels with the ill fated hurdling venture on the old Lingfield AW and suggested that the public didn’t care about horse deaths at Wolves in the way they would at Cheltenham or Aintree which seemed unfair!<br>Dale Gibson from Jockeys Association reckons many of his members have ridden tight tracks in Macau and Hong Kong with no problems but are concerned at Wolves. Tom Eaves will be out for a while as he reportedly needs an operation on his injury.<br>Meetings planned between owners Arena, HRA and Jockeys Association. <br>