Newbury on high alert with racing fearing summer of racecourse brawls

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• Extra security staff in place for track’s most prestigious fixture
• New measures after high-profile fights at Goodwood and Ascot

Zero tolerance on drug use, ‘spotters’ patrolling bars and extra security staff in hi-viz jackets will be among the protocols in place at Newbury on Saturday afternoon, as one of the course’s most prestigious fixtures takes place with as much focus on the possibility of anti-social behaviour in the enclosures as there is on the action on the track.

High-profile brawls at Goodwood and Ascot over the last two weekends, footage of which has been widely shared on social media, will ensure that Saturday’s Lockinge Stakes meeting will be closely scrutinised for any hint of trouble. Serious disturbance at a racecourse on consecutive Saturdays can be seen as a wake-up call for the sport. Three in a row could suggest that the situation is already getting out of control.

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Written by Greg Wood
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/18/newbury-high-alert-horse-racing-fearing-summer-racecourse-brawls under the title “Newbury on high alert with racing fearing summer of racecourse brawls”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.