In an unusual move, the ninth and final race at Fairview on Friday was abandoned due to a protest lodged by the course veterinary surgeon against the extreme heat.
National Horseracing Authority Racing Control Executive Arnold Hyde was on course and explained on Tellytrack:
“After the running of Race 8, the veterinary surgeon lodged a protest regarding the welfare of the horses. “It was to do with the extreme temperatures and humidity, the temperature off the top surface of the Polytrack, and the fact that there is very little breeze.
“The welfare of the horse is always paramount, and the right decision was made,” said Hyde.
The vet provided a protest review panel with his statistics regarding the horses that he had treated during the course of the race meeting.
Panel members also heard evidence from trainer and jockey representatives and the racecourse manager and after careful deliberation called off the last race
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