Racing to continue at Haydock following death of stalls handler

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Racing is to continue at Haydock this weekend following the death of a stalls handler at the course on Friday.

Stephen Yarborough is believed to have been run over while the stalls were being moved ahead of the fourth race of the day.

Yarborough, who was in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene, with Friday's racing abandoned to enable police to conduct their enquiries.

But Saturday's racing will continue as planned, Haydock Park Races general manager Jason Fildes confirmed.

"After the tragic loss of Stephen Yarborough, we've discussed whether to stage this evening's fixture with his RaceTech colleagues and other parties," he said.

"There is a clear feeling that, having abandoned yesterday's card, racing this evening should go ahead and be dedicated to Steve's memory.

"Therefore, tonight's fixture will go ahead and we will pay our respects to Steve. We will ask the public to join us in doing so and jockeys have confirmed they will ride wearing black armbands as a mark of respect for Steve's life.

"Again, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Steve's family, his RaceTech colleagues and all who knew him."