Racing: Lingfield too risky for Nicholls' Breeze

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THE TRAINER David Nicholls yesterday withdrew Banningham Breeze from his intended engagement at Lingfield, complaining that the all-weather track was "dangerous".

Nicholls, who brought two runners from his North Yorkshire base on a near-500 mile round trip, said: "The ground staff here were working all night through heavy rain to ensure racing went ahead, but in places the sand has washed away and you are down to the base, which is just like concrete.

"In my jockey days I would not have ridden on it. It is dangerous and I would have gone home. As a handler I have got to look after my horses and I think there is a chance of lameness out there."

The clerk of the course, Fergus Cameron, inspected the course after Nicholls's complaint, but deemed that racing should go ahead.