Jockey loses race after strolling into fallacious room in Covid confusion


A 14-1 winner has been disqualified as a result of his jockey forgot to get himself weighed after the race, having apparently been distracted by an interview with ITV Racing. The channel’s cameras had been making a uncommon go to to Taunton on Thursday when the 25-year-old Alex Thorne rode Twin Star to an surprising victory in a handicap hurdle.

Thorne’s mistake was to some extent brought on by rearrangements on the course necessitated by Covid-19 precautions, on account of which the jockeys’ altering room has been moved into one of many grandstands, away from the traditional weighing room. After dismounting and exchanging a fast phrase with the successful coach, Noel Williams, Thorne gave an interview to ITV after which turned left in the direction of the altering services somewhat than proper in the direction of the weighing room.

As quickly as he entered the altering room, the end result was a forgone conclusion. The stewards finally confirmed Twin Star had been disqualified and the race awarded to Robinshill, whereas Thorne should serve a 21-day suspension and forfeit his driving price.

It could have been only a third winner of the season for Williams, who sounded totally deflated. “He’s given the horse a completely beautiful journey, finished all the things you would ask,” Williams mentioned of Thorne. “He’s acquired a profession finest effort out of that horse. When he acquired off, I mentioned to him, ‘Go and weigh in, we’ll speak it over later’. Then he did an interview with any individual and perhaps that’s taken his thoughts off it.

“Usually right here you must virtually stroll over the scales to get to the altering rooms, so this wouldn’t have occurred, however all the things’s completely different simply now. He’s clearly had a rush of blood. So we’ve misplaced the race, which is gutting for everyone. Whenever you’re a small group, you want these wins and it was a superb little prize.”

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November 12, 2020

The information got here shortly after ITV screened an interview with Thorne during which the jockey mentioned of some latest successes: “It’s getting in the suitable course, I’m glad. Hopefully the work’ll repay.” He thanked Paddy Brennan, who usually rides Twin Star, for providing some insights that had helped him on the chestnut.

Brennan confirmed his assist for the youthful jockey, tweeting: “I’ve mentioned that, since racing returned, the weighing-in course of is complicated and desires addressing. Gutted for Alex Thorne, Noel Williams and the proprietor.”

Jockey Alex Thorne at Taunton on Thursday.

Jockey Alex Thorne at Taunton on Thursday. {Photograph}: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Photos

There are not any latest examples of a successful jockey failing to weigh in. From time to time, a breakdown in communication between a jockey and officers has led to a horse positioned fourth or fifth being disqualified in such circumstances.

A number of main betting corporations mentioned they’d pay out on each Twin Star and Robinshill as winners. The extra expense will scale back their horse racing income and subsequently the cash they return to the game by way of the levy system.

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