Following yesterday’s abandonment at Bath, ARC the owners of Bath Racecourse have made the following statement.
We were very disappointed with having to abandon racing yesterday due to circumstances which were out of our control. We fully understood the jockeys concerns and whilst we attempted to alleviate the situation an alternative solution could not be found in sufficient time.
The situation arose due to the volume of water that fell during the evening and on the day. Bath is not on the main sewers and the changing room is served by a septic tank. That tank is and was emptied the day before racing but the sheer volume of water was obviously too much for it to cope with.
Now that Bath has reached the end of its season we will look into what can be done to ensure that this cannot occur again in the future.
We can only apologise to those connections who were unable to run their horses yesterday and we are very conscious of the costs they will have incurred.
We will be in touch with the connections of runners on the day to agree a suitable exceptional ex-gratia compensation payment.