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Watch the utter chaos during the race as the horse breaks through the barrier, another jockey knocks down hard and the 80-1 shot wins


This is when absolute chaos unfolded at a horse race in Devon.

Punters watching the action at Newton Abbot were treated to a real spectacle on Saturday.

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This is the moment a jockey and a horse collided with a barrier at a fenceCredit: Sky Sports
Watch the utter chaos during the race as the horse breaks through the barrier, another jockey knocks down hard and the 80-1 shot wins

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The horror incident happened in Newton Abbot in Devon on SaturdayCredit: Sky Sports
Watch the utter chaos during the race as the horse breaks through the barrier, another jockey knocks down hard and the 80-1 shot wins

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The race was eventually won by an 80/1 underdogCredit: Sky Sports

Race 5 – the Fudge Bassett Memorial “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle – saw several jockeys competing for first place.

And with only two jumps to go, the sprint turned into pure carnage.

A horse, San Giovanni, shockingly slammed into the adjacent barrier as it approached the fence, sending rider Kevin Brogan flying.

The incident appears to occur after his rival Brendan Powell led his horse Extraordinary Man into San Giovanni, forcing the beast off his line.

But Powell’s run was also short-lived.

This is because Extraordinary Man was spooked by the San Giovanni crash and rocked Powell despite the jump itself.

He put up a thrilling finish as the other runners successfully jumped before finishing the final fence as well.

But it was an 80/1 shock underdog who won the grand prize.

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Holderday Ridge, racing for William Kennedy and Claire Hitch, crossed the finish line first, delighting the crowd.

Powell has now been suspended for 14 days by the British Horseracing Authority for “misconduct”.

A statement added: “After realizing that Brogan was improving his position on the inside, he [Powell] continued to ride on an overly competitive line, causing interference when it should have been obvious that by riding on that line, interference would result.

“And contributing but not causing San Giovanni, who had passed Extraordinary Man at the time, to run out before the head of the obstacle rail.”

Meanwhile, Cheltenham Racecourse have entered into discussions with owners and trainers to extend their festival to five days.

The Racing Post reports that initial discussions about adding another day to the March annual meeting are underway by the Jockey Club from 2024.

In 2005, the festival was expanded from three days to four, and it was rumored for several years that a fifth day could be an epic revenue stream.

Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood are currently the only two five-day festivals on the racing calendar.



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