At the Maryland Hunt Cup (steeplechase) held this past Saturday, both Preseli Rock and Sideling Hill were fallers (at the same fence) in the 1st race, with neither finishing. Preseli, the stewards report, fractured a patella and was placed on the “Vet’s List.” While they have yet given a status for Sideling, they did note the following:
“It was clear that the horse was finished well before the 16th fence and jumped it from a standstill which resulted in a dangerous, slow-motion, rotational fall. After watching the video [jockey George] Daly admitted that he should have pulled the horse up and promised to do so if in a similar situation in the future.”
So, Sideling – who, by the way, is (was) ten years old – was spent, too tired to continue, but the miscreant Daly insisted the poor horse finish, making him jump “from a standstill which resulted in a dangerous, slow-motion, rotational fall.” No matter, say the stewards, for he has promised not to do it again. Vile, simply vile.