In the middle of Tuesday's third race at Chelmsford, a power outage literally caused the track's floodlights to fail. The British Horseracing Authority relayed on Twitter that the race judge was interviewed; he said he could not verify the race finish due to insufficient light. Stewards could not see the race's final two furlongs, so it was officially declared void.
Despite the BHA's official declaration, Chelmsford paid out the prize money to the horse thought to have won the race, Florencio trained by Jamie Osborne. All horses in the race were reported to have been returned to the stables without incident.
The remainder of the race card had to be cancelled due to the extended power outage.
— jamie osborne (@osbornejamie) November 13, 2018
Update at Chelmsford – lights came back and then ……… they went out again. Upside the moon is out 👍🏻👍🏻 All horses safely returned to stables after the 3rd race 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/D1VA61eYAd
— Don Clark (@dclark3105) November 13, 2018
R3 @ChelmsfordCRC: *Due to the Judge not being able to verify the full result, the race has been declared Void.*
— BHA Stewards (@BHAStewards) November 13, 2018
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