The gathered press corps at Willie Mullins' open day in Ireland this week had just watched 17 of the stable's budding superstars finish their morning work when a pair of riderless
veterans took centre stage in an impromptu match.
Crash barriers have been recently installed on the road but there are gaps at the hotel and the entrance to the nearby farm where it is believed the riderless
horse came from.
horse,carrying a pair of Reagan's boots pointing west, symbolised the fallen president.
TRAGEDY marred an otherwise superb day's point-to-point racing at Eaton Hall when a riderless
horse had to be destroyed after falling.
He picked himself up, and counted his arms and legs, grabbed a riderless
horse and faced the enemy.
Bradley was unable to stay aboard his misbehaving mount and was left in the stalls by Tuscan Dream, who completed the course riderless
Gold Cup winner Synchronised parted company with Tony McCoy at the fence, but continued riderless
for five obstacles before fracturing a leg at the 11th, while According To Pete was brought down at Becher's on the second circuit and also had to be destroyed.
The pair were chased home by a riderless
horse and the jockey picked up a five-day ban for using his whip with excessive force.
Happily, Jackson had the last laugh as she displayed some skill to avoid riderless
horses and gained a widemargin victory.
King was full of praise for the part the jockey played in the triumph, especially as the pair were harried by the riderless
Armaturk for most of the race.
As he cut across from the far side of the course to the near rails he was followed by Take The Stand, who had continued riderless
after coming a cropper at The Chair on the first circuit.