‘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.