Arc racing day chaos as sprinter gets left behindEuropean racing's richest meeting of the year at Longchamp on Sunday got off to an embarrassing start when one of the runners for the Group One Prix de l'Abbaye was left in the stalls.
A false start was called after British runner Fleeting Spirit was left behind as Hungary's Overdose blazed a fruitless trail down the five furlong course.
The sprint is due to be re-run after the day's highlight, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is a Group 1 flat race for three-year-old and above thoroughbred horses (excluding geldings). It is run over a distance of 2,400 metres (approximately 1 mile 4 furlongs) raced on turf at Longchamp Racecourse, Paris, France on the first Sunday in , at the end of the afternoon but many of the 20-strong field are expected to be withdrawn having already run their 'race'.
Overdose's connections were distraught after the drama which brought back memories of the infamous void 1993 Grand National.
"We're not going to run again. I'm devastated dev·as·tate
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.
2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark. . I've never felt as low as this in my life," trainer Sandor Ribarszki told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. .
"I didn't travel 1700 miles to be ridiculed like this," he added.
Frankie Dettori Lanfranco "Frankie" Dettori, MBE (born December 15, 1970 in Milan) is a thoroughbred race horse jockey and celebrity. He is the son of Sardinian jockey Gianfranco Dettori, who was a prolific winner in Italy. , after dismounting from Dandy Man, said: "I realised after two and a half furlongs that something wasn't right - but trying to stop a sprinter at 60 miles an hour is practically impossible."
The Godolphin stable confirmed that Dandy Man would not be asked to run in the re-staged race.
Trainer Jeremy Noseda Jeremy Noseda (born September 17, 1963) is a British racehorse trainer.
After six years working for John Dunlop, and five years as assistant to John Gosden, he joined Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation in late 1993, and played a significant role in training such horses as told the BBC BBC
in full British Broadcasting Corp.
Publicly financed broadcasting system in Britain. A private company at its founding in 1922, it was replaced by a public corporation under royal charter in 1927. : "Ryan (Moore, the jockey) said the stall never opened, I've never seen it in my life, hope I never see it again."
"She's banged herself a couple of times, I've made a decision to see if we're happy with her in a couple of hours then we'll give it a go."
Jockey Darryll Holland Darryll Holland (born June 14, 1972) is a United Kingdom flat racing jockey who has ridden for trainers such as Luca Cumani, Geoff Wragg, and Mark Johnston.
In 1991 he was the British Champion Apprentice and won the Lester Award for Apprentice Jockey of the Year. , riding Kevin Ryan's Desert Lord, told the BBC: "There was so much confusion down at the start, they took an age to load them up.
"Nobody knew if it was a false start or not and when I saw horses coming round me I just thought I'd better keep going.
"I couldn't stop my lad anyway, I was a passenger, when those sprinters get rolling there is no stopping them.
"He's just run flat out for five furlongs so I wouldn't have thought Kevin would run him again later on."
The drama came in the first of five Group One races at the Paris track with at its centrepiece the Arc, with a winner's purse of 1.6 million pounds (2.8m dollars).