Delay to racing proves no barrier to march of Wales & The West

Wales & The West extended their lead at the head of the Racing League leaderboard after the meeting resumed following a 40-minute delay to the action at Chepstow following a fire alarm.

Last year’s leading rider Saffie Osborne guided Rod Millman’s 7-4 favourite Chinese Knot to success to increase her team’s lead over The North with a total of 189 points.

“I hit the front way too soon, I thought the (team) Ireland horse would take me into the race a bit longer,” Osborne told Sky Sports Racing. “She was still running round a bit late on, but she was always doing enough.”

After the first race fire alarms sounded and there were reports of water coming through a roof near the jockeys’ area. All jockeys and personnel were evacuated safely and four fire engines arrived soon after.

“There’s been an electrical fault upstairs in the weighing-room complex and it’s turned off all the power in the weighing room,” clerk of the course Libby O’Flaherty said during the delay.

“We’re waiting for the fire engine to get here so we can deem it safe to carry on.

“It’s (the water) just by the door when you go in (to the weighing room), the water came through and that’s all been cleaned up.

“We’re just waiting for the fire brigade to tell us everything is fine.”

Prior to that Cabinet Of Clowns launched the second fixture of this year’s Racing League with a determined success for Eve Johnson Houghton and the London & The South Team at Chepstow.

Contesting the William Hill Keep Your Raceday Positive Racing League Race 8 Handicap under Charlie Bishop, the 15-2 shot held on to defeat team Ireland’s Arcadian Nights and The North’s Hartswood in third.

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