Sara Bradstock: angered by vets decision at Plumpton
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
SARA BRADSTOCK is threatening legal action after Coneygree, trained by her husband Mark, was withdrawn on veterinary advice at the start of Plumpton’s novice chase.
The seven-year-old, a Grade 2 hurdles winner, had been well backed to make a winning return from 660 days off the track in a race from which the winner automatically qualified for a £60,000 bonus if going on to win any chase at the Cheltenham Festival, and she is adamant that there was nothing whatsoever wrong with him.
She stormed: “It’s a total disgrace. The vet knows nothing. He’s never seen the horse in his life before. I’m absolutely livid. I would not take any risk with a horse. I absolutely love them.
“Nico [de Boinville], who knows him and rode him, said there was nothing wrong. It’s not like Nico said ‘would you have a look at him please’. There’s nothing wrong.
“The vet said he was nodding his head. He was throwing his head because he has not been on a racecourse and he was excited! It’s what horses do.
“Who’s going to pay for our expenses and the last month’s training fees? Our horses are so pampered and loved. We know them, we love them and they are sound. And this horse is still sound.
“I will sue them. My brother [the former Patrick Lawrence, now Lord Oaksey] is in this partnership and he’s a QC.”
Explaining the sequence of events De Boinville said: “I trotted him back to the start after showing him the first fence and the starter thought he might be lame as his head was bobbing up and down, but he was just revved.
“He got the vet in and I was asked to trot him up, and then he pulled him straight out.
“I had no reason to think he was lame. We were ready to go.”
The race was won by 5-6 favourite Deputy Dan who beat Far West by two and a quarter lengths.
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