Worcester racecourse was subjected to some stinging criticism on Thursday after the embarrassment of a day’s racing blighted by non-runners. The racing surface proved to be drier and quicker than expected, leading to a total of 33 non‑runners, almost as many as the 41 horses who actually turned up, with two races being reduced to only two runners apiece.
“Really disappointing” and “shoddy” were words used by one racegoer, who added: “We should be betting on who will be left for the last race.”
There were also strong words from Peter Scudamore, an eight-times champion jockey who was born just up the road in Herefordshire and was returning to the track for the first time in years. “I don’t know the politics behind the running of the track but, in a modern society, I can’t see what the attraction is for someone to go there on a day like that,” Scudamore said. “I found it depressing.
“It’s like going to see a play and the theatre’s not ready and the…