Aintree: Photographer barred after dislodging rail

Rail: ended up leaning into the path of Dynaste in the Betfred Bowl

Rail: ended up leaning into the path of Dynaste in the Betfred Bowl


A PHOTOGRAPHER had his accreditation removed after a frightening incident that caused Dynaste to collide with a broken rail during the Betfred Bowl at Aintree.

Alan Crowhurst, who works for the Getty agency, was leaning on the running rail, in front of the grandstand, when it gave way and was left sticking out on the inside of the track, where Tom Scudamore’s mount crashed through it, though they escaped injury and went on to finish fourth behind Cue Card.

Scudamore said: “The rail fell down in front of us but I’m sure it was very unfortunate. Things will hopefully be taken into account and I hope the authorities put it down to a one-off and everyone will ensure it doesn’t happen again.

“It was a bit of a shock for me and Dynaste but it didn’t do us any harm in any way.”

Ruby Walsh was nearby on Djakadam and said: “The photographer, number 18, was lying on the rail and it popped out. It crossed in front of Tom Scudamore’s horse and the horse knocked it out of the way.”

The stewards inquired into the incident and were satisfied it was caused by the photographer’s leaning against the rail.

Aintree responded by removing its accreditation from the photographer and spokesman Nigel Payne said: “Our rules state that you cannot lean over or under the rail. The rules were sent out to all photographers and we had a briefing with them all at 12.30pm.”


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