Stalls handler killed at Haydock racecourse

Ruben Hill
July 22, 2017

The same units of stalls are used for each race, and they're towed around to the various starts depending on the distance of each race. He had two children and was born in Great Habton, near Malton, North Yorkshire.

His death was confirmed on Friday night in a statement from his employers RaceTech, which provides the starting teams and equipment around Britain's racecourses.

Bozza said Yarborough was an experienced and popular member of the team.

Jason Fildes, general manager at Haydock, said on the track's Twitter feed: "After the tragic loss of Stephen Yarborough, we've discussed whether to stage this evening's fixture with his RaceTech colleagues and other parties". The victim was taken to hospital by air ambulance and admitted into intensive care. We saw Stephen regularly in his role working for RaceTech.

He added: "This is a tragic incident and we are all shocked and saddened". He was part of the team that helps to load horses into the stalls. Our condolences and sympathies are with his Stephen's family and friends'.

Racegoers and staff held a minute’s applause before the first race
GETTYRacegoers and staff held a minute’s applause before the first race

The incident involving the stalls, from which horses begin races, happened before the race due off at 15:30 BST.

The official Stewards Report said: "The Stewards held an enquiry following a report from the Starters that a member of the Stalls Team had been injured prior to Race 4".

Peter Matthews, who was an acting steward at the course, said officials were right to deem that the victor had an unfair advantage at the start of the amateur riders' Flat race.

The meeting was abandoned shortly after the accident by the clerk of the course, Kirkland Tellwright due to the severity of the injury and to allow police investigations at the scene of the accident to take place. "This decision was sanctioned by the Stewards".

"There is a clear feeling that having abandoned yesterday's card, racing this evening should go ahead and be dedicated to Steve's memory".

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