Ups and downs for owner Craig Buckingham in wake of Nottingham drama

Walkover winner at Warwick

  • Thursday 04 October
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Owner Craig Buckingham continues to experience the ups and downs of racing after one walkover victory at Warwick but also a crashing fall at Huntingdon.

Buckingham was angered on Wednesday when his filly Magic Pulse was withdrawn in bizarre circumstances, through no fault of her own, from Nottingham’s £25,000 KFE Leaders In Frying Excellence Handicap.

He reacted by voicing his misgivings about continuing in horse ownership, and had to be talked into running two declared for trainer Dan Skelton on Thursday.

By more curious coincidence, it was the absence of others which dealt him a very different hand at Warwick – where both Desirable Court’s intended rivals in the UBS Beginners’ Chase were pulled out on drying ground by cautious connections.

Desirable Court therefore merely had to walk in front of the stands to collect £5,198 for ‘winning’ her first race since transferring from Alan King to Skelton.

The previous evening, after Magic Pulse’s misfortune at Nottingham, Skelton had tweeted the British Horseracing Authority’s media account – explaining the aggravation caused.

Buckingham’s horse was denied a run only after another, Operative, was fractious at the starting stalls.

Both were eventually officially withdrawn, after the on-course public address system mistakenly announced Magic Pulse’s absence – information which the stewards decided could not be overturned.

Skelton tweeted: “I’ve spent 20 mins on the phone to Craig Buckingham placating him and getting him in the frame of mind to run two of his horses tomorrow.

“Mistakes like today’s fiasco @nottinghamraces must be learnt from, and accountability must be had to give stakeholders confidence.”

Desirable Court provided significant consolation just under 24 hours later.

But that came only after a mishap for Buckingham’s other runner for the stable, Golden Vision at Huntingdon.

The six-year-old mare slipped going into the fourth fence, the open ditch heading away from the stands, and took a nasty fall.

Golden Vision made it to her feet but still appeared to be walking gingerly when a horsebox arrived to take her off the course after the race.

The trainer later confirmed there was thankfully no evidence of serious injury after initial X-rays, but Golden Vision was taken to equine hospital for checks.

Ups and downs for owner Craig Buckingham in wake of Nottingham drama
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