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Talking Horses: jockeys avoid disaster as people stray on to tracks


Incidents at Navan and Fontwell over the weekend have highlighted how riders are being exposed to unnecessary risks

Twice in the last four days, jump jockeys have had to contend with people wandering about on the track in front of them. On Sunday at Navan, it was their fellow rider Evan Daly who got in the way while jogging round the track with headphones on. On Friday at Fontwell, the culprits were a couple of members of groundstaff, who had seemingly forgotten that the race required three laps of the track rather than two.

The Navan incident came closer to disaster. Daly, a conditional jockey in his second season, doesn’t seem to have realised there was a race on until the horses were alongside him. He was cautioned by the stewards, which shows a likeable degree of understanding for a young lad who made a mistake.

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