Fontwell race sees SIX horses disqualified - watch here plus statement from Arena Racing Company

Arena Racing Company have agreed to compensate the first four horses past the post after SIX horses were disqualified in a race at Fontwell.

Fontwell racecourse
Fontwell racecourse

Dharma Rain was declared the winner of the 3.50pm final race at Fontwell on Sunday after the first six horses home were all disqualified for failing to jump the third-last hurdle. You can see the end of the race below

The first three horses that crossed the line were Just Henny (11/1), Havacuppa (3/1) and Kalaya (28/1), but the race was awarded to Dharma Rain, who was seventh of eight finishers, but the only runner to complete the course.

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Sporting Life wrote: "Winning jockey Jack Tudor felt the situation had been “unclear” during the race, with the racecourse’s groundstaff appearing to be in the process of dolling off the third flight from home on the final circuit due to a stricken horse.

"The first seven riders seemed to think the markers were in position and duly veered around the hurdle, although Tudor, who was at the back of the field, was not sure and jumped the obstacle, resulting in victory for Clare Hobson’s runner."

Tudor told Sky Sports Racing: “It was made very unclear, it wasn’t done brilliantly at all. It looked as if the markers were in the correct position, it was a 50-50 call, but I went with my gut instinct,”

“I jumped it, but it was very unclear. The others missed it, but I could see that the markers were behind the hurdle, so I went with my gut instinct and jumped it – but it was very unclear.”

A report will be forwarded to the head office of the British Horseracing Authority.

On Monday, Arena Racing Company tweeted this statement: "ARC are in the process of undertaking a full review of the procedures that were adopted to guide runners around a horse receiving veterinary treatment during the 3.50pm at Fontwell on Sunday November 15.

"Regardless of the outcome of this investigation, as a goodwill gesture, the owners of the horses that were subsequently disqualified, ARC will pay the equivalent of the prize money to the first four horses past the post and the applicable Appearance Money Scheme to the remaining runners."