Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Red Art Fall Casts Shadow at Lingfield

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Red Art Fall Casts Shadow at Lingfield

Article excerpt

PRE?RACE talk at Lingfield had all concerned the development of another eyecatching all-weather gamble but it was rendered insignificant after the shocking fall suffered by Martin Harley.

The British Horseracing Authority had already alerted the Gambling Commission to what they descriss bed as "the possibility of a complex betting-related issue involving races at Lingfield and Kempton" and some bookmakers suspended trading on seven races featuring horses with a connection to either owner Stephen Arnold or trainer Tony Newcombe.

Harley had ridden the first of five runners Arnold admitted to including in multiple bets (two were at Kempton) in the opening Coral Mobile "Just Three Clicks To Bet" Handicap when the Ann Stokell-trained 2-1 favourite Daniel Thomas finished a well-beaten eighth.

The incident happened in the following event when Harley was riding Newcombe's 7-4 favourite Red Art.

The pair were closing on the leaders inside the final furlong of the Ladbrokes Mobile Handicap when Red Art clipped the heels of horses in front of him and suffered fatal injuries, while Harley was thrown hard to the ground and had to be taken to East Surrey Hospital in nearby Redhill. …

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