Haydock Races abandoned as stalls holder Stephen Yarborough killed in a freak accident after being ‘run over by mobile starting stalls’


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Injured man passed away after after being flown to hospital by air ambulance as scheduled races were cancelled

HAYDOCK Races was abandoned this afternoon after a stalls holder was killed in a freak accident.

Stephen Yarborough was flown to hospital by air ambulance after reportedly being run over by mobile starting stalls and taken straight to intensive care.


The air ambulance can be seen arriving at Haydock Races after a stallholder was ‘run over and seriously injured’

But his employers Race Tech confirmed Yarborough’s death.

“We were deeply saddened to hear our friend & colleague Stephen Yarborough passed away today,” the company tweeted. “Thoughts with family and friends at this sad time.”

Earlier, a paramedic at the scene at Newton-Le-Willows in Merseyside is said to have told horrified onlookers: “It’s not good.”

The mobile stalls are positioned where horses are released at the beginning of the race.

The incident happened before the fourth race, and the remainder of the meeting was called off, with the final race run being the 2.55pm.

Clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright said: “There has been an accident involving a stalls handler and the stalls.

“He’s been been flown to hospital off site in an air ambulance, so we’ve abandoned racing.”

The British Horseracing Authority told the BBC in a statement: “The stewards held an enquiry following a report from the starters that a member of the stalls team had been injured prior to race four.

“They interviewed both starters and the clerk of the course, who was representing the racecourse executive.

“The clerk of the course stated that the racecourse executive had taken the decision to abandon the remainder of the day’s racing as the police had been informed of the accident and were due to arrive to conduct their enquiries.”

Racing is due to resume at Haydock tomorrow.

Twitter user Pippa Cook said: “So sorry to hear the stalls handler has been hurt.

“They do an amazing job. Wishing them a speedy recovery.”

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