4-7 favourite thrown out and Wedge banned for 21 days after bypassing fence
An upset Adam Wedge apologised after getting disqualified on 4-7 favourite Report To Base in Exeter's beginners' chase on Monday, leading to a 21-day ban for the rider, who incorrectly bypassed the third-last fence.
Valhalla, ridden by Tom Scudamore, and Phobiaphiliac, the mount of Matt Griffiths, both jumped the obstacle, and the race was awarded to the Colin Tizzard-trained Valhalla, who had crossed the line a distant second.
A number of fences were omitted at Exeter due to a combination of low sun and waterlogging.
Betfair Sportsbook and Paddy Power both paid out on Report To Base as a winner and Wedge said: "There's no explanation. I apologise to everyone who backed the horse, the owners and the trainer Evan Williams.
"I just had a brain freeze I think. I can't even tell you what happened to be honest – the first thing I knew [about the mistake] was when Tom Scu told me."
Wedge is based with Williams, who was not at Exeter but offered his support via telephone.
He said: "It's happened before and will happen again. What's the point in me saying anything? At the end of the day, we can't get it back, but nobody has died – that's the main thing. What's happened has happened and let's look to tomorrow."