GURKHA FRIEND triggered hysterics at Ripon yesterday as he refused to race – simply seconds after being praised for his fast begins.
The 11-2 third-favourite for the four.20 Wilmot-Smith Memorial Handicap was imagined to be ridden by jockey Jason Hart.
However after getting his horse into the stalls and able to go, Hart was sat trying helpless when the gates opened.
The remainder of the sector sprinted off however Gurkha Good friend merely stood there, clearly in no temper to budge.
It was very a lot a case of the curse of the commentator.
Earlier than the beginning of the race, Sky’s Simon Mapletoft stated: “Gurkha Good friend just isn’t fairly in there however nearly… sure I believe he is in now.
“Will he be first one out? He usually is right here at Ripon.
FRIEND OR FOE
“It is going to be a superb signal if he jumps and tries to make all in his bid to win this race for the third consecutive season.”
However there was no probability of that for coach Karen McLintock as Gurkha Good friend grew to become Gurkha Foe whereas Shane Grey rode Fayez to victory.
However all of the speak – and laughter – within the stands and on social media was all in regards to the horse that refused to race.
Craig Sutcliffe tweeted: “It was extraordinary, by no means see something prefer it.
“The laughter on the course was good – in a humorous method and no disrespect to Jockey/Proprietor and coach. Who says Horses don’t have a persona?”
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Sid Fletcher added: “Classic. The look on the horses face. Ears pricked. “What?” “No. I said I’m not doing it this year.”
Another wrote a message to horse racing critics.
Justin Thomas said: “Perfect example to all the horse racing haters in this world! IF A HORSE DON’T WANT TO RACE it sure blinking well won’t.”