- A ground crew member attempted to run across the starting line in Carlisle on Thursday
- He chose the worst moment and was knocked down by a horse
- He managed to avoid injury but an investigation is now underway
A course staff member was lucky to avoid serious injury after being knocked over by a horse just moments after the start of a race in Carlisle on Thursday afternoon.
The man was tasked with putting up the starting tape but then decided to jog across the start line as the race began at 5:05 p.m.
However, he didn’t choose the best moment, because just as he walked to the other side, the horses began galloping down the track.
There were almost 20 horses in the field, meaning he had little chance of avoiding them all, and he eventually collided with the Mike Smith-trained Euchan Falls.
Not surprisingly, the man came a distant second and remained lying while the horses continued their race.
A ground crew member ran across the starting line just as a race began in Carlisle
He was knocked over by the Euchan Falls and was left prone on the ground, but managed to escape serious injury
The ground crew member was very distressed after being hit while the horse was traveling at some speed.
However, Sky Sports and race director Harry Phipps subsequently confirmed that he was fine following the incident.
Although he was uninjured, an investigation is set to be launched into how the incident occurred after it was reported to the British Horseracing Authority.
An official report was also released shortly afterwards, which stated: “An investigation was carried out to examine the circumstances surrounding why a member of the ground crew had crossed the track at the start at the start of the race, resulting in him being thrown off.” Euchan Falls was overturned.”
“The race director, ground crew member, starters and Euchan Falls driver Gavin Sheehan were interviewed.”