Riot on French Race Course, Daily Racing Form, 1921-01-17


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. , RIOT ON FRENCH RACE COURSE There was a riot at the steeplechaatng Anteuil coins,. i.f Maris. France. December Ml. over the placing or horses. The Judge was mobbed and had to be escorted from his |„1N. ,, he weighing room by the police. i I,,- Auleuil race course is of unusual formation, and the straihi run-in to the winning post lies at such a peculiar angle with the stands that spectators— ere* those a few yards from the Judges bo ale frequently deceived, in cases of lose finishes. a8 p, which horse has really won. On the da. referred to no fewer than three of the siz items on tie- cud resulted iii desperate Struggles and on each occasion the public loiidh pro I tested agalasl the official placing*. The ssoal • threatening manifestation took place after the principal race of the day. Two heavily-backed horses. lhilhcllciie and Ministerial, jumped the last fence together and engaged in a fierce battle to the post. A dead heat was signaled, at which there was an uproar en both sides af the course. In • the paddock the public clamored round the weighing iuclosurc aril noisily demanded the withdrawal of Mhilhellenes number and the dismissal of the Judge. Heated arguments took place on all sides. and in some rases blows were exchanged. Now the Societe des Steeplechases is considering alterations of the course which will make future illusions Impossible. «

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