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Talking Horses: Drama at Cheltenham after two horses duck out on run-in

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Track officials start inquiry after horses ran out in the home straight with races at their mercy

The extraordinary capacity of this place to produce drama was on show once again here on Friday, as what had seemed a mundane early-season card featured two sensational finishes in which horses swerved off the course with victory in their grasp. Dan Skelton was beside himself after watching his One For Billy turn left off the run-in at the end of a race but became the fortunate beneficiary when Oighear Dubh did the same thing two hours later, leaving Skelton’s Sam Red as the winner.

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This scene certainly sums up a dramatic day at Cheltenham pic.twitter.com/snHTrlHUdR

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