Emerald races: Jockeys relieved to stay in the saddle after wild finish

Ash Butler still can’t believe someone didn’t fall in a wild incident at Emerald on Friday, which saw a protest upheld after first past the post Leo’s Den veered out right on the line.

Butler rode third-placed Emilee’s Empire and had a close-up view as Leo’s Den (Sonja Wiseman) took a sharp left-hand turn in the straight and cleaned up Apparently Not (Alisha Ross). Footage of the incident lit up social media after three horses collided right on the line.

“I don’t know if it was the winning post or because it was lost or it saw the gate to the mounting yard, but (Leo’s Den) just veered out really sharply,” Butler said. “At the end of the day, it was one of those things (Wiseman) couldn’t have helped.

Bit of Queensland biff at Emerald. Wow.

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“At the time I had my head down, we’re going pretty hard at the line and within a split second I looked up and I had two horses on top of each other coming left-hand turn onto me.

“Honestly, I don’t know how all three riders stayed on. It’s possible my horse actually held them up as they cannoned into me. Mine sort of straightened them up.

“The horse Sonja was on, because it was half pulling up at the time … if it had have been coming flat out left it would have been worse, but because it had steadied up it sort of helped the situation.

“Those situations you can’t do much but shut your eyes and hope for the best.

“It’s just one of those things … luckily we all stayed on.”

Leo’s Den (left) starts to duck out in the straight.Source:Supplied

Leo’s Den puts the squeeze on Apparently Not.Source:Supplied

Leos’ Den cuts off Apparently Not and Emilee’s Empire.Source:Supplied

Butler said the second against first protest was a foregone conclusion, but he was surprised his own objection against Leo’s Den was turned down.

It was a wild day at Emerald. Paul Hamblin had a nasty fall in the following race when his mount Tadween broke down, but he dusted himself off and rode at Mackay on Saturday.

“He came back in the car with us (to Mackay). He pulled up as good as gold,” Butler said.

“There was another incident before the start of a race where the horse being led by the clerk of the course took fright and T-boned another horse. It was deadset carnage.

“I think we just have to put Friday the 13th at Emerald well behind us!”

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Sky Racing News Update: 13th November 2020

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Originally published as‘Deadset carnage’: Jockeys survive wild finish

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