‘D***head’: Golfer’s scary $125k blunder

‘D***head’: Golfer’s scary $125k blunder

An errant golfer shocked a cluster of jockeys by strolling into the trail of their horses halfway by way of Saturday’s $125,000 Nice Northern Steeplechase at Ellerslie.

However Auckland Racing Membership bosses say it was a easy mistake and no expenses shall be laid.

Viewers across the nation watching, in addition to the large Ellerslie crowd, have been gobsmacked when the golfer, taking part in on the pitch and putt course inside Ellerslie’s racetrack, ended up on the steeplechase monitor after a misdirected shot.

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He had hit his ball over a guard rail on the central Auckland racetrack and went to play his subsequent shot with out realising the horses have been about to gallop down the very same stretch of grass.

The golfer reacted about 50m earlier than the horses obtained to him and all jockeys have been capable of keep away from him.

“We have been all yelling at him, he clearly was extra excited by his ball than the race,” mentioned jockey Shaun Fannin, who was main the race on Magic Marvel and went on to win New Zealand’s most iconic steeplechase.

“When he heard us and noticed us coming he began pointing at his ball to indicate us what he was doing there.

“However we simply wished him to get the hell out of the best way.

“Actually, that’s one thing you by no means anticipate to see throughout a race.”

Ellerslie is New Zealand’s most well-known racecourse and has not solely the shortened golf course however a driving vary contained in the precise monitor the horses race on.

That presents no drawback on most race days because the golf amenities are too removed from the elements of the monitor used for flat racing for it to be an issue.

However Ellerslie additionally maintain a handful of steeplechase races every season, the place horses leap massive brush fences and race up the celebrity Ellerslie hill, and people horses reduce by way of the center of the monitor utilizing a distinction strip of grass, bringing them nearer to {the golfing} areas.

The 2 met in an imperfect storm that might have ended a lot worse.

“The man simply made a mistake,” Auckland Racing Membership chief govt Paul Wilcox mentioned.

“The employees from the golf centre instantly pulled him apart, requested for his ID and requested us what we wish to do, however we aren’t going to take any motion in opposition to him.

“He simply made a mistake and didn’t realise the horses use that stretch of the monitor, which to be truthful, however for a couple of races a season they don’t.”

Revered race commentator George Simon was much less forgiving, labelling the misplaced golfer an “absolute d***head,” in his name of the race.

That wasn’t the one drama within the well-known race, with 4 jockeys dislodged and sadly one horse Perry Mason, having to be humanely destroyed after breaking a leg.

That incident occurred just a few hundred metres after the sector handed the golfer, however jockey Shaun Phelan confirmed to the NZ Herald the 2 incidents have been unrelated.

Jockey Emily Farr was taken to hospital after an earlier fall within the race with a suspected damaged collarbone.

This text initially appeared within the NZ Herald and was republished with permission

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