Drone’s crash landing during Welsh Grand National meeting probed by police

An investigation has been launched after a drone, thought to have been used by punters, crashed into a field during the Welsh Grand National meeting.

The device came down on land next to Chepstow Racecourse just after the first race on Saturday's prestigious card, won by Bryony Frost's mount Pozo Emery.

The incident was reported and it is being probed.

"We are in touch with the racecourse about an incident involving a drone and enquiries are ongoing," a spokesperson for Gwent Police said.

The use of drones has caused concern in horse racing for many years, with fears they are being used to gain an unfair advantage on betting markets.

The live pictures obtained can be used by professional gamblers to influence stakes on the in-running exchanges.

That is because they are seconds ahead of what is shown on TV channels like ITV and Sky Sports Racing.

It is understood that no horses or jockeys were in danger at Chepstow.

On June 1, the day racing resumed after a Covid-19 break, a drone was spotted by Newcastle Racecourse.

Haydock, Leicester, Ascot and Newbury have also had issues at fixtures.

Drones have to be registered with the Civil Aviation Authority and require a licence to operate.

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