Wednesday, 27 December 2017


Um, Rob, there's still a lap to go mate ...
British jockey Rob Hornby has apologised to punters after committing the embarrassing blunder of going for home a lap too early in a race at Wolverhampton overnight.

After securing a late pick-up ride on Almutamarred in a 2800m handicap, Hornby was seemingly unaware of the distance of the race and rode the 16/1 chance as if he was competing in a sprint.

The gelding was well clear of his rivals passing the post for the first time before Hornby began to ease up.

Hornby didn't realise his costly error until the field had caught up and Almutamarred eventually finished 10th of 11 runners and 83 lengths behind winner Willyegolassiego.

"Oh dear, poor old Rob Hornby has now taken Almutamarred out wide and he thinks the race is over," the caller said shortly after the field passed the post for the first time.

The red-faced rider later apologised to both the horse's connections and punters.

“It was a last-minute jockey booking and it’s a mistake I won’t make again," Hornby told the Racing Post.

“Sorry to all the punters who had an involvement in the horse because it’s a mistake that should not happen.”

The stewards' report stated that Hornby "appeared to finish a circuit too soon" and he was subsequently suspended for 12 days.
By Isaac Ling 

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