Carnage at Naas as loose horse delays race by 18 MINUTES before 'shambolic' false start controversy sparks punter fury

A LOOSE racehorse caused utter carnage when it delayed a race by 18 MINUTES after going wild.

And fury over a 'shambolic' start when the contest did finally get underway sparked a tidal wave of punter fury.

Melly And Me gave handlers and race stewards the absolute runaround at Naas in Ireland on Sunday.


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The race was meant to start at 2.45pm but didn't get underway until 3.03pm after several attempts to bring the horse under control.

One comical scene showed a golf buggy race across the track in an attempt to catch up with the horse.

Then two 4X4s turned up to bring the horse under control before he galloped off again.

The drama did not stop when the horse was eventually caught with fans up in arms over the horrendous start to the race.

One jockey was unseated from his ride and another two riders were forced wide.

One jockey ended up not even running while the other, Aarons Day, gave a 50m headstart to rivals before somehow finishing second.

While Melly And Me's meltdown had fans in stitches, the laughter was replaced by utter anger in the second false start controversy to hit Irish racing in as many weeks.

And famed ex-jockey Ruby Walsh was one of many to blast officials for the disastrous start to the race.

The Cheltenham Festival legend said: "That should have been a false start. Absolutely no doubt.

"That is shambolic. I feel sorry for all of them. If you backed the other horses I apologise to you."

Trainer Christian Williams was another to comment on the disastrous few moments.

He said: "Wow. Better start breathalysing the starters as well as the jockeys."

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