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Cummings & Webster Slam Barrier Delays

Wednesday, 15th October 2008

Randwick trainers Bart Cummings & Pat Webster "have called for a revamp of protocols involving the loading of horses into the barriers on race day," reported The Sydney Morning Herald. Both horsemen are "disturbed about the length of time it takes to load horses": Webster's Heza Kool Kat was euthanased after striking its head in the barrier at Kemble Grange last week & Cummings cups contender Viewed was scratched from Saturday's Gr1 Yalumba Stakes at Caulfield. Webster noted: "My horse was loaded into the barrier & not every horse had arrive at the gates. He stood in there for a good 5 minutes & then went off. He flung (jockey) Mitchell Bell way out the back. I've spoken to Racing NSW chief Peter V'Landys & chief steward Ray Murrihy about it. My owner wants to meet with them. He has commenced legal action." Cummings commented: "Does it need another horse to be killed, or a jockey, to bring on change? In Japan, they are in the barriers for 20 seconds & they are gone. Why can't it happen here?"

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