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Sweating in the sun caused Jason Watson to lose weight and second place in Lingfield's opening contest following a stewards' enquiry.

The rider put in a determined effort aboard 6-1 shot Tindrum, a three-and-three-quarter length runner-up in the Free Racing Tips Handicap.

After three furlongs of the 1mf 4f contest, Watson was niggling his mount along and a further half-a-mile along they were in front of their six rivals.

When the eventual winner Chai Yo Power (10-11 favourite) loomed up alongside, the 2018 champion apprentice rider asked for more from his mount.

In first-time cheekpieces, for Watson's driving, Tindrum kept on but did not have the speed of the market leader.

Watson said afterwards his effort in the hot weather caused him to weigh in 2lb lighter than when he went out to ride, which cost connections the £1,343.55 prize for second.

Quadrilateral and jockey Jason Watson
(Image: PA)

He was also banned for two days by the stewards and Tindrum's trainer Heather Main was fined £500.

Explaining to Sky Sports Racing what went wrong, Watson said: "I don't need to tell anyone it's a very hot day today.

"I weighed out and I was flickering on the right weight anyway – if anything I was probably flickering half a pound under but I got through dead on the weight.

"I have come in and weighed a pound and a half, pound lighter than what I went out (at) and all I can say is I was probably one of the ones on the go in the race pretty much throughout.

"It was very hard work today and also I've got a light (weight) coming up Friday and I've been drinking water for pretty much the last day and a half without having a lot of solid food so it makes it easier for the sweat to come out and I just feel as though I've lost a lot of weight in the race."

Asked if he felt hard done by, Watson added: "I feel sorry for Mrs Main and the owners because it's hard enough to get anything out of this game, especially after the whole pandemic.

"And to have something like that happen today when you can't control the climate necessarily and get the prize money taken away for finishing second and on top of that to get a fine, I felt as though that was extremely harsh.

"Why would you want to come into this industry when things like that happen?"

At the time of the race, 2.10pm, the temperature was around 27C according to the Met Office.

Watson ended the card on a happier note with success aboard Salsoul in the closing 6f fillies' handicap.

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The stewards' enquiry report read: "The clerk of the scales objected to Tindrum, placed second, ridden by Jason Watson and trained by Heather Main, on the grounds of the rider weighing in at 9st 4lb having weighed out at 9st 6lb.

"Tindrum was disqualified and the placings were revised as follows: Chai Yo Power, placed first, Cozone, placed second, Rafiot, placed third, Midfield, placed fourth.

"The rider, the trainer and the clerk of the scales were interviewed. It was noted that despite the warm conditions all other riders that were required to weigh, weighed in either at the same weight, or slightly heavy, but still within the allowable parameters.

"As the stewards were unable to establish an explanation for the weight difference, Watson was suspended for two days and Main was fined £500."