Newmarket 2000 Guineas reaction: D'Arcy says Newmarket stalls badly positioned.
PAUL D'ARCY yesterday claimed Newmarket's decision to position the stalls for the Sagitta 2,000 Guineas on the stands' side of the track cost his runner Indian Haven any chance of winning, writes David Carr.
Drawn next to the rail in box one, Indian Haven was badly hampered twice en route to finishing 14th.
His misfortune came 24 hours before a particularly rough renewal of the 1,000 Guineas in which the stalls were once again lodged against the stands' side fence.
D'Arcy said: "If the stalls had been in the middle of the track he would have been okay, but when they all came across to the stands' side my horse had nowhere to go.
"The people in power don't listen to those on the ground doing the job. It's all speculation, but if he had had a clear passage I think he would have been in the first three."
Bryan Smart also felt having the stalls in the centre "might have helped" his sixth-placed Monsieur Bond, who was continually denied a run from stall three.
Newmarket clerk of the course Michael Prosser explained that the location of the stalls was intended to prevent the field breaking up into two groups.
"I do sympathise with Paul D'Arcy, as the last thing you want in a big race is traffic problems, and we will review the situation, but historically the stalls have been on the stands' side for the 1,000 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas because there is a danger of the field splitting," he said.
"In the past I've had criticism when I've put the stalls in the centre for optimum use of the turf, so I'm in a no-win situation."
Paul D'Arcy Anger over placing
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||May 5, 2003|
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