A PROMISING racehorse, named after a shop in Bridlington and owned by Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp, suffered fatal injuries after a fall at Taunton last week.
Bygones In Brid, which the Premiership boss paid a reported £100,000 for last year, misjudged the first hurdle and died on the course.
Peter Arnett, owner of the Bygones memorabilia shop in Bridge Street, paid for the rights to name the horse, watched the drama unfold at a local betting shop.
He said: “I went into William Hill and I saw the fall. It just didn’t jump and the commentator kept saying the horse hadn’t got up. Then they said they wouldn’t be jumping that fence second time round that it was serious.
“It was so sad. It really has affected me because you have an affection for the horses.
“Harry Redknapp was so upset he left straight away. It only races in midweek because he can’t go to watch it on a Saturday.
“The horse was thought very highly of and if it had run well at Taunton it was going to the Cheltenham Festival.”
Bygones In Brid set off at 7/4 second favourite in the 2.40 last Thursday. Jockey Robert Thornton was able to get to his feet shortly after the incident.
Two other horses were also killed after falls at the same meeting, on a grim day for the sport.
Mr Arnett said he had been comforted by well-wishers from visitors to his shop after the tragedy.
“People have been dropping into the shop to say how sorry they are. I have built up quite a connection with the local community because of the involvement with horse racing.
“There are some very genuine people about who love the sport and they come from all walks of life. It crosses the whole spectrum.”
Mr Arnett has acquired naming rights for several horses, with Bygones In Brid being the most high-profile. Another, Bygones Sovereign, is showing good potential and has moved to David Pipe’s yard and a new addition is set to be given a debut soon.
Absolutely Bygones is based in the North East with trainer Karen McLintock, who has been involved with several horses in the Bygones stable.