Exeter racecourse played host again for another year on Sunday to their annual Clydesdale horse charity race in aid of the Devon Air Ambulance.
This race is a highlight of the tracks calendar, getting to raise money for such a good cause whilst also giving the chance to watch and appreciate the majestic animals that are completely different to racehorses.
However, this year a turn for the worst with in the final stages of the race, which is only ran down the home straight of the track with no obstacles to jump and just a short distance until the line, one horse veered into two others causing one to slip over and fall taking the jockey with him.
The race which see's professional jockey's on board these gentle and spectacular animals thankfully saw both the horse and the jockey get up fine. The other two horse involved in the collision raced on to the line with a definite stewards enquiry needed.
The horses are owned by Tim Ancrum and Aileen Ware of Adventure Clydesdales and they specialise in riding holidays across Dartmoor using these beautiful beasts for the lessons and the rides across Dartmoor.
(Credit The Gait Post) Horse Owner Tim Ancrum said: “We’ve been having a lot of fun training the horses on Dartmoor, galloping them in closely set groups in readiness for the race. They find it all very exciting! This race is such a wonderful spectacle and so many people enjoy it. The horses will race over two furlongs again, and we hope they will provide a thrill for racegoers. The horses love it, and although they will never have the spark of a thoroughbred, they do get quite bouncy in anticipation for the race.”
Watch the race for yourself below here and you can decide for yourself if there should have been a stewards enquiry in this two furlong race.
(Credit Racing UK)