Racing: Three horses killed

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THREE HORSES were killed at Sedgefield yesterday after a pile- up involving nine of the 15 runners in the 4.30, a novices' chase. Problems began at the first fence when Joss Bay fell, bringing down Skane River and Sliema Creek. All three then ran loose in the opposite direction round the course until they collided with the rest of the field at the second last fence. Another six horses were brought down. Royal Scimitar was killed together with Floss The Boss and Skane River.

John Maxse, the Jockey Club public relations officer, said it was: "an horrific and freak accident," adding: "no issue has a higher priority with the Jockey Club than the safety of horse and rider, and if there are lessons to be learned from this accident, we will take them on board straight away."

n There will be a 7.30am inspection at Musselburgh today because of an expected heavy frost overnight.

Hunter chase pointers will appear tomorrow