WATCH: Jockey Blows Massive Lead After Misjudging Winning Post
It's a scene usually reserved for cartoons or slapstick comedy routines, in which a horse with a seemingly unassailable lead gallops down the finishing straight, only to slow to a halt as the rest of the field overtakes it.
Unfortunately, for jockey James Ridley, this comedic fantasy became a reality at Newbury, yesterday.
Amateur jockey Ridley horrendously misjudged the half-furlong pole as the winning post during the 4.45 at Newbury, and subsequently brought 33-1 shot Lookslikerainted to a walking pace, only for Triangular and Ballytober to speed past him, leaving a mortified Ridley to realise he'd snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
Oh dear, oh dear, James Ridley...
Credit: Racing UK
Ridley has been banned for 28 days for his blunder, with Lookslikerainted's owner and trainer Martin Wilsemith collecting the £290 third place prize instead of the £1,872 he would have pocketed for Ridley winning, as he seemed certain to do.
Ridley has since taken to Twitter to express his regret and to offer an apology for his monumental mishap in judgement.
Completely gutted for misjudging the winning post today ! Sorry for everyone involved #nobodymoreangrythanmyself- james ridley (@JMR_jamesridley) March 24, 2017
At least he's got the next 28 days to figure out the difference between a half furlong post and the winning post, eh?
(H/T Racing UK)
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