Jockey rides favorite diversions around unsuspecting ground staff on the track during the race

The incident happened during the Follow AtTheRaces open hunter pursuit on Twitter in Sedgefield. Global Racing, ridden by Becky Smith, had to go around the workers who were on the track

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A jockey riding a hot favorite swerved around unsuspecting grounds staff on the track during a race.

Becky Smith spotted the trio on the final bend of the Follow AtTheRaces on Twitter Open Hunters’ Chase. Making a winning move at the time on Global Racing (4-5f), Smith was forced away to avoid a collision with the group.

Footage from Sky Sports Racing showed the thoroughbred horse staring at the workers, ears pricked, as it was guided around them. Carrying tools, the group rushed under the rail, the course representative in a fluorescent jacket being the last to leave the racing line.

Two of the workers appeared to have their balaclavas up as they ran.

Surprised race commentator Darren Owen said: “About half a mile to go, two fences to jump and Global Racing are ahead of the mounted Sartorial Elegance – as field staff run for cover!”

A stewards’ inquiry looked into the incident at the seventh race of eight on the card.

The report said: “An investigation has been carried out into the circumstances surrounding why ground staff were on the track at the turn entering the final circuit straight. Global Racing driver Becky Smith, the director of Course and Chief Groundman were interviewed, and after hearing their testimony, stewards ordered a report forwarded to the British Horseracing Authority head office for further investigation.







The workers are right in the camera as Smith begins to lead his horse around them
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Racing fans were shocked by the incident, with one suggesting it would have been ‘chaos’ if more runners took part in the 3m 2f contest while a puzzled Twitter user wrote: ‘This that just happened in Sedgefield with these people on the course!”

In the last competition on the program, Brian Hughes went up to 199 winners for the season aboard the favorite Imperial Merlin. The John Quinn-trained racer pulled nine lengths ahead of Tommy’s Fortune in the attheraces.com free daily Open NH Flat Race tips.







They quickly rush to the white railings
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After dismounting the 30-100f, his jockey spoke of his hopes of hitting 200 in Perth on Wednesday. Hughes said he was “tremendously grateful” for the support of trainers and their stable staff in producing horses in top condition for their assignments at the racetrack.

If he pulls off the feat, he will join Sir Anthony McCoy, Richard Johnson and Peter Scudamore in the National Hunt history books.







The trio pulls apart just in time
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“I think I have 15 outings over the three days (Perth Festival) so please God something manages to win!” said Hugh. “I think it’s about 33 different trainers (he’s ridden) so I’m very lucky. I ride for a lot of good owners, trainers and I have to mention the staff in the yards. They produce these horses so that I walk.

“I’m just grateful to have a lot of support from everyone.”

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Clyde P. Johnson