• Short Summary

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

    Melbourne's Moonee Valley pacing Stadium was the centre of high drama on May 15 when horses and drivers crashed in a race for three-year-old trotters.The incident occurred during the Galaxy Grand Slam over 2,400 metres (about 1 1/2 miles).As "Flying Tootsies" went into the lead it galloped out of control, throwing its driver.Philip Gadd (phonetic spelling), on to the track.In the ensuing mix-up, another driver, Ted Demler (phonetic spelling), ended up in the shattered sulky (buggy) of his horse "Sweet Albertine".Fortunately, Demler received only minor injuries, despite telling reporters after the race that his sulky had "busted in half", putting him between his "horse and the wheels".

  • Description

    1. GVs PAN Nine trotters racing round track. Horse falls. Driver is thrown on to track (3 shots) 0.23
    2. GV Ted Demler (phonetic spelling) caught up in the tangle. Demler speaking over shots of crash (SOT) (3 shots) 1.07
    TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE TWO): TED DEMLER: "I saw the horse fall over and come across the inside fence, and because I was on the fence I didn't sort of have enough time to avoid him, and my horse somehow or other got past the cart and kicked me on to the fence, and I was sort of running along the fence. But I had no control of the reins or I couldn't let myself go to get on either side of the fence, and I slipped back into the cart, and when I got into the cart it was busted in half which put me down between the horse and the wheels and I was still in all sorts of trouble. I couldn't get away from that either."
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    SPORT: TROTTING.NOTE TO EDITORS: THIS ITEM CONTAINS COMMENTARY BY CHANNEL 7 REPORTER SANDY ROBERTS WHICH IS AVAILABLE IF REQUIRED.
    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

    Melbourne's Moonee Valley pacing Stadium was the centre of high drama on May 15 when horses and drivers crashed in a race for three-year-old trotters.The incident occurred during the Galaxy Grand Slam over 2,400 metres (about 1 1/2 miles).As "Flying Tootsies" went into the lead it galloped out of control, throwing its driver.Philip Gadd (phonetic spelling), on to the track.In the ensuing mix-up, another driver, Ted Demler (phonetic spelling), ended up in the shattered sulky (buggy) of his horse "Sweet Albertine".Fortunately, Demler received only minor injuries, despite telling reporters after the race that his sulky had "busted in half", putting him between his "horse and the wheels".

    Other horses and buggies were strewn over the track, and stewards took some time to calm down one of the driverless horses.No one was seriously hurt in the incident, although some of the drivers received hospital treatment for cuts and bruises.

    Source: HSV CHANNEL 7, MELBOURNE

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAY96BZQZPUZW74JBJT3X1QOHW
    Media URN:
    VLVAY96BZQZPUZW74JBJT3X1QOHW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/05/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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