‘There’s a lot of unhappy punters’ – York race a total no contest as winner isn’t even challenged after favs pulled out

PUNTERS were left pulling their hair out after York’s big race descended into a total no contest.

The two pre-race favourites Stradivarius and Trueshan were dramatically pulled out earlier in the day.

Stradivarius suffered a bruised foot while Trueshan was scratched at the last minute by trainer Alan King due to the ground.

That left just six runners – and a total runaway winner who was gifted a massive lead and never challenged.

Tom Marquand left his rivals absolutely miles behind en route to scooping the £140,000 Group 1 crown on Quickthorn.

Commenting on what they had just seen, ITV Racing pundit and former jockey Jason Weaver said: “There’s a lot of unhappy punters here.”

Punters online vented their fury at the whole incident, which cast a cloud over day three of the Ebor Festival.

One grumbled: “The sooner the f***ing jumps return, the better.”

Another said: “Surely the most rubbish race of the meeting.”

One punter wrote: “What a poor race, especially from the five jockeys behind.”

Another raged: “Absolutely pathetic from all but Tom.”

While one wrote: “Joke of a race.”

More to follow.

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