In a bizarre turn of events in Sandown Park's first race Friday, a pair of jockeys were able to avoid serious injury resulting from a stray golf ball on the course, reports telegraph.co.uk.
The track is located next to a golf course, and though it is regularly swept for stray golf balls, they can be missed in the four to five inch turf course, said Andrew Cooper, clerk of the course.
In this case, a horse in the front of the pack kicked up the golf ball, which bounced off of jockey Charlie Bennett's helmet. The ball ricocheted in front of jockey Kieron Fox's mount Luxford, causing the horse to spook and jump to the right, unseating Fox.
“It happened so fast I didn't know what had caused it but you can see on the replay it hit Charlie's helmet and straight across in front of my filly's face,” said Fox.
Neither rider, nor the horse, were injured, and both riders rode races later on the card.
Watch the slow-motion replay here:
Fore! Golf ball interference in the 1.45pm at Sandown Park earlier.pic.twitter.com/YWhFAxy7l0
— Oddschecker (@Oddschecker) September 9, 2016
Read more at telegraph.co.uk.
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