Scare at Newmarket as pane of glass falls from grandstand

‘Very concerning’ incident, but no one hurt with racing behind closed doors.

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A potentially nasty incident at Newmarket was avoided on Thursday when a pane of glass fell from the main grandstand on to seats below.

Racing was taking place for the first time on the Rowley Mile at Headquarters since the resumption of racing – and the absence of spectators might well have been a blessing on this occasion.

Amy Starkey, who runs Newmarket as East Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “A window fell out of the Champions Gallery on the third floor on to the level two seating for no explained reason. We are now investigating why and how it’s occurred.

“Clearly it is very concerning and thankfully we are staging racing behind closed doors so no members of the public or our team have access to the area.”

Simon Holt was commentating at the meeting.

He said: “The cameraman alerted me to what happened and we looked across and there was all the glass on the seats and the window had come out.

“I didn’t hear the bang, but the cameraman heard it. Thank goodness there were no spectators as it could have been much worse.”

Scare at Newmarket as pane of glass falls from grandstand
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