National Hunt fixtures at Southwell have been suspended by the British Horseracing Authority and Arena Racing Company following eight equine fatalities at the track since jump racing resumed in July.

The decision to halt NH fixtures at the track came late on Thursday night after two fatalities during Southwell’s meeting that day.

In a joint statement, the BHA and ARC said: “This is to allow a comprehensive investigation to take place following two further fatalities at this evening’s fixture. A process is already underway to investigate the circumstances around the six fatalities that occurred at the track since between July 1 and August 24.

“This involves the racecourse and the BHA’s veterinary team, racecourse department and course inspectors looking into the specific circumstances to understand if there are any racecourses.

“Following this evening’s fixture, jump racing will not take place at Southwell until further notice whilst a comprehensive review is carried out. These fixtures will be re-scheduled at alternative jump racecourses with details to be announced in coming days.”