Mallard with six eggs disrupts Sedgefield race meeting

  • 14 May 2013
  • From the section Tees
The mallard was discovered in one of the fences
Image caption The mallard was discovered in one of the fences

Runners and riders had to be diverted from a fence at Sedgefield Racecourse after a mallard's nest with six eggs in it was discovered.

Officials altered the race route after finding the mother-to-be and her nest on the sixth fence at the County Durham course.

Clerk of the Course Phil Tuck said: "It would have been impossible to jump it safely so we bypassed the fence."

The next meeting at Sedgefield takes place on 27 August.

Mr Tuck added: "The break until the next race meeting should give the mallard plenty of time to raise her ducklings in peace.

"Diverting the course was a fairly simple procedure.

"She will be there for at least another two or three weeks we think."

Appropriately for an event disturbed by a duck, trainer Donald McCain had the first three winners and jockey Samantha Drake rode in one of the afternoon's races, but failed to finish.

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