Ascot’s beefed up security measures have desired effect on day one

first_imgTopics Share via Email “There have been no incidents today of sufficient significance to be passed up the line,” Nick Smith, Ascot’s director of racing and communications, said. “Nobody was breath-tested as there was not felt to be any need, but the equipment will remain in place.”Ascot felt obliged to increase what were already the most significant security procedures at any British race meeting following two serious incidents of disorder at major Saturday race meetings this year.A brawl involving up to 50 individuals at Goodwood racecourse in early May was followed by another incident at Ascot a week later when two groups of men were involved in fighting inside the grandstand at the end of the day’s racing. Smartphone footage of both incidents was widely circulated on social media.The attendance at the Berkshire track on Tuesday was 46,773, an increase of 2,488, or 5.6pc, on the total of 44,285 who were at the course on the same afternoon in 2017Willie Mullins is well known for breaking records over jumps at the Cheltenham Festival in March, but he left Ascot with a notable achievement on the Flat on Tuesday evening having saddled four of the first five runners home in the two-and-a-half mile Ascot Stakes Handicap.Lagostovegas, who overhauled Karen McLintock’s Dubawi Fifty inside the final furlong, was Mullins’s fourth winner in the race, and his stable companions Stratum, Chelkar and Whisky Sour finished third, fourth and fifth respectively.Mullins will now turn his attention to the Queen Alexandra Stakes on Saturday, a race he has won twice in the last six years. Share on Twitter Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Reuse this content Read more Share on Messenger Royal Ascot 2018 day two tips: Cracksman can make it six of the best There were “no incidents of any significance” on the first day of Royal Ascot, where heightened security measures were in place to prevent any repeat of the drunken violence that marred a meeting at the same course in May.The procedures included extensive use of sniffer dogs both at the racecourse entrance and throughout the enclosures to target racegoers in possession of illegal drugs.Extra security personnel were also on duty at the course and the track reserved the right to breath-test spectators on arrival if it was believed that they had already been drinking to excess. Royal Ascot 2018 Royal Ascot Share on Facebook Horse racing news Share on LinkedIn “I thought this mare might struggle to get the trip,” Mullins said of Lagostovegas. “It didn’t look a very strong gallop and that played into her hands.“This race and the Queen Alexandra on Saturday are the two races we have horses qualified to run in, so it’s nice to be able to target a few horses. It keeps us busy during the summer and if any of these keep progressing, we’ll target them at the big summer races like the Ebor [at York in August].”John Gosden, who along with jockey Frankie Dettori completed a treble on the opening day, are now odds-on to finish the week as the leading trainer and jockey respectively. Gosden is 4-7 to beat Aidan O’Brien to the prize, while O’Brien, the winner seven times since 2007, is a 2-1 chance. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Ascot Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Since you’re here…last_img read more

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