Drivers and horses were lucky to escape serious injury in a spectacular five-rig pileup at a trotting and pacing meet at Sydney's Harold Park track.
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Background: Drivers and horses were lucky to escape serious injury in a spectacular five-rig pileup at a trotting and pacing meet at Sydney's Harold Park track.
The falls took place in the Baguette Graduation Stakes over 2350 metres. Ten horses started and the pileup came 800 metres from the finish.
Favourite Boy, Blay Imp, Charlody Places, Go Away Bay and Prince Hondo entangled and all hit the ground. John Reed, driver of Favourite Boy, was given ambulance treatment for lacerations and shock.
Blay Imp's front legs appeared to come into contact with the sulky of Noble Girl and he was the first to crash. The others piled into him, in front of the main Grandstand.
The five horses still standing were up against the outside fence to avoid two fallen horses still lying on the track at the finish of the race.
The race was won by heavily -backed Aboya ( 7-2 ) which lost ground when racing wide at the time of the accident. He showed plenty of determination to outlast pacemaker Tan Alle. Grimstorm was third.