Fairview – Jockey Felt Track Was Unsafe

Let's hope it's right by Friday 17 February

An area of the Fairview turf track had the jockeys concerned on Friday. So much so, that even after ‘maintenance’, Randall Simons opted not to take his chances in the final race of the day.

On arriving at the start of the seventh race, the riders  raised concern about an area on the Fairview racecourse at approximately the 1400m.

Randall Simons – chose to not take any chances (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

The Course Manager duly inspected this area and attended to this area of concern, causing a delay.

After the running of Race 7, certain riders again raised concerns about an area on the racecourse at the 1400m.

After some deliberation, it was agreed that all riders would race approximately two horse-widths off the inside running rail so as to avoid the area complained of.

Sporting Post-sponsored Randall Simons, who was engaged to partner Alado’s Pride, was still of the opinion that the track was unsafe and sought permission from the Stewards not to ride in Race 8.

After careful consideration, the Stewards acceded to Simons request.

As there was no other rider available, Alado’s Pride was withdrawn by the Stewards.

Efforts to contact Fairview track management and Randall Simons for a comment were unsuccessful.

  • The next Fairview meeting is on the turf on Friday 17 February.

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