WE’VE all heard of horses refusing to race – or refusing to jump an obstacle.
Well this is the farcical moment EVERY runner refused to jump the SAME fence!
The incident happened at a jumps meeting at Rostrenen in France.
Six runners and riders are bounding down in single file towards the fence ahead of them.
The leader looks to be shortening into it before seemingly set to take-off – before veering left and coming to a halt!
Whether it is that action which causes everyone to effectively pull up or not is unclear.
But the other five runners make the same move to stop before the jump and turn to walk away from the fence.
Five of the jockeys did superbly well to anticipate grinding to a halt and manage to keep their partnerships intact.
One unfortunate rider was shipped out the side door but was OK and walked away with their runner.
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The incident worked out well for the backmarker of the field.
The remaining five runners walked away, completed a turn and were rousted along to gain speed before jumping the fence and carrying on the race.
The trailer used it to their advantage. In walking away from the fence first, they managed to get the turn in early and went on to be the leader over the jump.
Punters couldn’t believe what they had seen.
One said: “Exceptional”, with two laughing emojis.
Another added: “Was that the test hedge!”
While one punter wasn’t as shocked, insisting it was a troubled fence by adding: “As every year, many hesitations on this obstacle.”
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