During the 5f novice at Windsor, a bizarre incident occurred when a goose flew onto the track and collided with one of the runners.
As Tears Of A Clown led up the four-runner field, a goose flew across the track towards the leader, causing Rhiain Ingram, the rider of Tears Of A Clown, to brace for impact. However, the goose quickly turned and moved in the path of the Eve Johnson Houghton-trained Revenue, who collided with it. The incident caused the runners to swerve, and they were wide apart, with Revenue having to be pushed along.
Tears Of A Clown remained unaffected by the incident and continued to stay widest of all, while the other runners swerved towards the inside. The front-runner managed to stay clear of the pack, winning the race by a comfortable five-length lead, while Revenue could only manage third place.
Commentator Richard Hoiles exclaimed, “We’ve collected a goose along the way there,” highlighting the unusual and unexpected nature of the incident.
On Sky Sports Racing, Matt Chapman said: “This was like Top Gun wasn’t it – goose gets involved. Tears Of A Clown had a clear run and was away and gone to be frank.
“It’s difficult to know what to make of the rest of it, but the goose clearly played a part in Revenue’s performance. I think Revenue gave the goose a kicking, it’s extraordinary stuff. I don’t think Tears Of A Clown got any contact, he just swerved out of the way, but this has set the cat among the pigeons – or the goose among the horses!”