Furious punters say ‘this is unreal’ as carnage unfolds in Brighton race due to stall handlers being stuck in traffic

PUNTERS slated this ‘farcical’ Brighton race which saw a flip start for a five-and-a-half furlong sprint.

Stall handlers were stuck in traffic and couldn’t make it to the course for the 2.30pm opener.

The sprinters lined up in front of the orange tape rather than going into stalls for the shambolic contest run in thick fog

That meant the gates could not be used and the twitchy sprinters were made to race from the sort of start you see in jumps racing.

Fog at the track made conditions even worse.

An official BHA update said before the race: “Fixture Notice @BrightonRace: Due to stall handlers being delayed in traffic, Race 1 will commence via a flip start.”

Punters were simply floored by the development, with one calling it ‘shambolic’.

Another wrote: “This is just unreal.”

More to follow.

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