False Start Fury At Goodwood

False Start Fury At Goodwood

Angry trainers have begun to surround the British Horseracing Authority, after a mixup in Goodwood's sixth race on Saturday resulted in half of the six runners to be left 'drunk on their legs'.

Veteran Milton Bradley along with his colleague Stuart Williams voiced their beliefs for the sport's governing body to review its guidelines, after the dubious six-furlong handicap on the Sussex Downs was waved off by the starters following a false start, and won eventually by Richard Fahey's Paddy Power at the second time of asking.

Bradley's runner Englishman was among three of the field found to be suffering from post-race ataxia [a syndrome characterised by loss of balance in walking following exercise] after the race had to be stopped and restarted.

The incident occurred after Charlie Wallis' Zac Brown - who was withdrawn before the second start, was adjudged to have broken early giving him an unfair advantage.

On course vets assessed the other participants after they were called back to the top of the hill, and were all deemed fit and healthy to race.

However post-race, Shamshon, Englishman and Upavon - who finished third, fifth and sixth respectively were all found to be suffering problems, whilst the winner also bled.

(Credit: Racing Post) Speaking on Sunday, trainer Bradley said: "I'm a bit sick after yesterday's race.

"It was terrible what went on. Those sprinters are full of flying and the jockeys would have had a job to stop them.

"Three of them were dehydrated afterwards, drunk on their legs. Our horse seems all right now, but when sprinters like that get out well and are running, it's a total farce to stop them.

"Our horse was geed up after that and the jockey [Pat Cosgrave] said he couldn't hold him.

"He never wins if he goes to the front, but the jockey couldn't hold him, so let him go and then he stops. I think it was another real farce job. I think they were dead wrong."

Meanwhile, Williams believes the race should have carried on first time around, with actions taken in the stewards room against Zac Brown if he had prevailed.

He said: "It's difficult. I think the rules were applied correctly and I'm not complaining about anybody doing their job, I just question whether the rules are right in the case where there are aged sprinters involved.

"It's very hard to pull them up once they've gone a furlong. In this case probably the best thing to do was let the race be run and then decide if they thought Zac Brown had pushed the gate open afterwards.

"Either void the race or void him – deem him a non-runner."

In response to the saga, a BHA representative has since come out and stated: "We will be looking at the circumstances of the false start from Goodwood as part of the usual wash-up procedure for incidents like this and will include any feedback from trainers in those discussions."

Free Bets & Offers


✅ BET £10 ON RACE 1 AT FAIRYHOUSE & GET A £10 FREE BET FOR EVERY OTHER RACE ON THE CARD!! ✅
Place a pre-race £10 bet on any horse racing market, 26th - 28th November, at min. odds 1/5 (1.2) — get £60 in free bets on bet settlement. Your qualifying bet must settle by Sunday 23:59, 28th November. Only deposits via Cards will qualify (Apple Pay deposits excluded) T&Cs apply. Please Gamble Responsibly.
Claim Bonus
🔷 BET £10 AT NEWBURY AND GET £30 IN FREE BETS + MONEY BACK IF 2ND TO THE SP FAV IN ANY RACE THERE 🔷
New UK customers (Excluding NI) only. Mobile exclusive. Min stake £10. Min odds Evs. Free bet applied on 1st settlement of any qualifying bet. 30 days to qualify. Free bets expire in 7 days. Cashed out/Free Bets won’t apply. Payment method restrictions. 1 Free Bet offer per customer, household & IP Address only. 18+. T&C's Apply **18+. UK/IRE customers only. Max refund £/€20. Win or win part of e/w outright singles only. 5 or more runners. 1st bet on each race. Free bet expires after 7 days. Free/void/antepost bets don't qualify. Unnamed 2nd Favs don’t qualify. T&Cs apply
Claim Bonus
🌟 BET £10 ON RACE 1 AT FAIRYHOUSE & GET A £5 FREE BET FOR EVERY OTHER RACE ON THE CARD!! 🌟
New customers only • £10 deposit using promo code • Minimum stake £10 at odds of 1/2 (1.5) • Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days • Free bet stakes not included in returns • Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. withdrawal restrictions & full T&C’s apply
Claim Bonus
🏇🏼 BET £10 ON ANY RACE TODAY & GET £40 IN FREE BETS! 🏇🏼
Sign-up via Mobile using promo code N40 and place a bet of £10/€10 or more and we will give you 4x £10/€10 free bets. By entering the Promo code in the box above you agree to the full terms and conditions of this promotion as displayed below. See full terms below.
Claim Bonus
BET £5 & GET £20 IN FREE BETS!!!! 😍😍😍
NEW CUSTOMERS ONLY. FIRST SINGLE & E/W BET ONLY. ODDS OF 1/1 OR GREATER. 2 X £10 BET TOKENS. FREE BET STAKES NOT INCLUDED IN RETURNS. FREE BETS EXCLUDE VIRTUALS. FREE BETS ARE NON WITHDRAWABLE. NO FREE BET EXPIRY. ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS. FURTHER T&CS APPLY. 18+. BEGAMBLEAWARE.ORG
Claim Bonus
🔥 BET £10 ON ANY SPORT & GET £20 IN FREE BETS 🔥
18+, Welcome Bonus: New Players only, 1st Deposit, Min Deposit,: £10, max £20 free bets valid for 14 days, bets must be placed at odds of 1/1 or greater and be settled within 14 days of placement. begambleaware.org.
Claim Bonus
✅ BET £20 AND GET YOUR MONEY BACK IN CASH IF IT LOSES! ✅
New customers only. Deposit £20 using Debit Card or Trustly. Up to your first £20 of losses will be refunded as CASH within 24 hours of qualifying bet having been settled. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus

🏆 Money Back as CASH up to £20 if your first bet loses! 🏆
New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your first bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £/€20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. 18+.
Claim Bonus
🔥 Bet £10, Get £30 FREE BETS + 30 Free Spins 🔥
New UK & NI customers only. Promo code SPORTS60. Deposit and place first sports bet of £10+ in one transaction, at odds of Evens (2.0)+, settled within 7 days of registration. First bet must be on Sports. £30 in Free Bets credited within 48 hours of bet settlement. 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS validation may be required. Max 30 Free Spins on Blue Wizard at £0.10 per spin. 7-day expiry. Full T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
⚡️Get up to £100 in Bet Credits ⚡️
Open account offer. Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
GET A £30 MATCHED FREE BET IF YOUR FIRST FOOTBALL ACCA LOSES!!!! 🙌🙌🙌
New UK customers only. Min Deposit: £5. Maximum Free Bet: £30. First bet on a Football multiple with 3+ selections. Overall odds: 3.00 (2/1) or higher. Free Bets available upon settlement of the qualifying bet. Debit card deposits only. This is offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. 18+ BeGambleAware.org Full terms apply.
Claim Bonus
🏆 Money Back as CASH up to £20 if your first bet loses 🏆
New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Betfair account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your first bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £/€20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🌟 Bet £5 & get £30 in bonuses! 🌟
18+ New customers only. Opt in, bet £5 at odds 2.00+ within 7 days of registering, no cashout. Get 2x £10 Free Bets, set events at odds 2.00+. Plus £10 Game Show Bonus, selected games, wager 40x to withdraw max £250. 7 day bonus expiry. Card payments only. T&Cs apply. begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly
Claim Bonus
🤩 Bet £10 & get £20 in FREE BETS 🤩
New customers only, min deposit and bet £10 (£20 if E/W bet) from Debit card only. Paypal not accepted. Min odds evens (1/5 per multi selection). 2x £10 Free Bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned, no cash out. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus