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Horse gets loose, runs through town to pub

Trainer Caroline Bailey is hoping Reckless Behavior will be on his best behaviour when he runs at Southwell after getting loose and finding himself on the streets of Uttoxeter.

The seven-year-old tossed rider Sean Bowen at the start of the Handicap Chase on Saturday, and went on to crash through the rails and exit the racecourse, ending up near a pub.

“I’m not sure how he actually got out of the racecourse, but I gather he lobbed over a few roundabouts and ended up outside a pub,” Bailey said.

“I’m sure the people inside must have thought they were seeing things after watching the rugby.

“A lady followed him out of the racecourse and I gather she was the one who caught him, but I’m not sure.

“I’m told a few people came out of the pub to see what was going on, which you would do if you saw a horse with a saddle and a number cloth on him outside!”

Bailey said Reckless Behavior had passed a veterinary inspection and she planned tp run him at Southwell on Monday (Tuesday AEDT).

“We’d freshened him up since his last run and sometimes he doesn’t channel his quick mind in the right direction,” she said.

“The vet inspected him afterwards and he was absolutely fine. We cantered him this morning and everything was good, so we’re trying again at Southwell.”

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