An enquiry was held to consider the circumstances surrounding the fall of CLARENDON STREET (IRE), ridden by Joe Anderson, prior to jumping the last hurdle, and whether it was contrary to the gelding’s welfare to continue in the race following a jumping error at the second last hurdle. Being a 10lb claimer, Anderson was accompanied in the enquiry by a senior rider. The rider and the Veterinary Officer were interviewed and shown recordings of the incident. Anderson explained that although CLARENDON STREET (IRE) had made an error and slipped on landing, causing him to lose his left iron, he didn’t have any concerns over the gelding’s welfare, until he approached the last hurdle where he felt the gelding lose its action, at which point he tried to pull up immediately. He added that as he stood up in his irons, the gelding collapsed underneath him. Their explanations were noted.
a) after such a mistake in such gruelling conditions you make sure the horse is okay and since it’s chance had gone you pull it up. They had about 2 furlongs to travel and he came to a standstill which resulted in a loss of about 15-20 lengths.
b) you show have the balls to admit a mistake instead of ALWAYS looking for excuses. This applies to other jockeys as well.
I’ve never understood why horses are not pulled up when their chances have gone, particularly when they have made an error like this – all sorts of damage can be done and sometimes the horse carries on because adrenalin is masking any pain (poor Equus Secondus was another recent case …) … just pull up and try again another day … Sadly the syndicate who owned Clarendon Street learned about another of their runners on the same day who has had to retire – his hurdling debut resulted in an over-enthusiastic effort at the very first hurdle jumped in public and now after not responding to treatment further investigations have found an incurable neck injury …