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Monday, 7 February 2011

Arco Felice: Fiasco

Not so tongue tied at Wolverhampton
Controversy surrounded the running of Arco Felice in the 5:05 Wolverhampton when the 4yo colt  - a full brother to Man Of Iron - ran without a tongue tie.

Trainer Keith Goldsworthy stated to Simon Maplecroft - live on At The Races - he would rather the colt had been withdrawn after earlier making bold claims for a much-improved performance. Backed from 14/1 to joint second favourite (4/1sp) shortly before the start of the race, the ex O'Brien horse showed little with the trainer reporting Arco Felice choked in the home straight. Unfortunately for backers, Goldsworthy had forgotten to stipulate that the colt should be withdrawn if such a circumstance arose. Wolverhampton's stipendiary judge explained the ruling and placed fault with Goldsworthy. Under racing rules connections were obliged to run or face a fixed-penalty fine.

The Black Country's Only Racecourse Maiden Stakes run over 1m 4f 50y was won in effortless style by favourite Shamardal Phantom, with Arco Felice finishing a well-beaten fourth.