Jockey David Maxwell left red-faced after suffering cramp and pulling up on favourite Bob And Co at Warwick
- Amateur rider was forced to pull up the classy French import on Wednesday
- A severe bout of cramp rendered him helpless in the saddle at Warwick
- Bob And Co is a contender for the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham in March
Amateur rider David Maxwell admitted on Wednesday that his ride on favourite Bob And Co at Warwick was his most ‘embarrassing moment on a racecourse’.
Maxwell was forced to pull up the classy French import, a contender for the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham in March, on the second circuit after vainly wrestling with the exuberant nine-year-old, before revealing a severe bout of cramp rendered him helpless in the saddle.
Maxwell told the Warwick stewards that ‘he, as the rider, lost all strength in his right leg, hindering his ability to continue racing and soundly jump the fences in the back straight, so for the safety of himself and Bob And Co elected to pull up’.
David Maxwell made a dramatic exit on a horse tipped for Cheltenham Festival glory
Meanwhile, victory for Annsam at Catterick handed Welsh handler Evan Williams his 1,000th winner since he began training in 2003.
Williams said: ‘I was on my way home from Doncaster sales when I heard and I pulled over for a cup of coffee. I just sat there thinking it’s unbelievable we have managed to rattle off 1,000 winners.’