Coffey praises participants after fire

Coffey praises participants after fire

Harry Coffey has heaped praise on the participants at Sunday’s abandoned Great Western meeting after their behaviour ensured a swift and safe evacuation. Coffey rode the winner of the only race that was held on the card when aboard the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Beautox (Brazen Beau), with the program having to be abandoned due to a car park fire.
The fire then spread to the centre of the track but was soon extinguished. Approximately 20 cars were destroyed in the main fire, with nine CFA vehicles, as well as water aircraft and Fire Rescue Victoria crews, called in to combat the blazes. “The participants, when the stewards said that it was off, they all started to load their trucks,” Coffey told Racing.com. “They did a really good job, everybody was helping each other, every trainer and strapper were all helping each other, the transport left in an orderly manner while the fire was going and there were loud bangs going between 50 to 100 metres away.
¬†People were all running around helping. It didn’t matter whose horse it was, people were grabbing horses and getting them out on the trucks because they wanted to shift them quickly.” Despite the noise from the fire and the trucks attempting to control it, Coffey noted that the horses handled the whole scenario very well. “They were all very well behaved, and the handlers did a very good job to keep them all calm,” he said. “It was actually quite amazing how efficient and calm the horses and participants were.”