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Missing doctor causes delay at Nottingham.

Byline: David Carr

NOTTINGHAM officials could face a BHA inquiry after yesterday's meeting at the track was severely delayed when one of the medical officers failed to turn up, writes David Carr.

The medical officer had been texted at declaration time on Monday but could not be contacted by course officials yesterday. A BHA-registered replacement had to be summoned from Lincoln - 40 miles away - and the meeting eventually started an hour later than scheduled.

Explaining the delay, racecourse managing director Pip Kirkby said: "We did everything we could. We tried to make contact with the medical officer. We rang him before he was required to be here but there was no reply to any of the numbers we tried him on.

"We kept on trying right up until the last minute, and obviously before we got to the last minute we tried to make contact with every other doctor in the vicinity.

"John Kaar, our senior medical officer at Market Rasen, very kindly got into his car to get here."

The decision was made to run each race an hour later than scheduled, rather than attempt to make up for lost time by reducing the time between races, so as to avoid clashes with the other afternoon meetings at Newcastle and Salisbury.

"Looking at the timing, it could have impacted on the other two meetings and we could potentially have been left with the situation of having three races off within ten minutes, so we were keen to avoid that and we have come to the best solution possible," added Kirkby.

Stewards' secretary Geoff Forster said: "We need two racecourse medical officers for racing to start, so we had to delay. A report will be sent to Shaftesbury Avenue."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 2, 2008
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