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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Fake jockey apprehended at Newbury during Queen's visit

Out you go: the fake jockey is escorted from the parade ring
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An interloper dressed as a jockey was escorted from the parade ring on Friday at Newbury, where the Queen was visiting to watch her runner Maths Prize contest the Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup EBF Stallions Conditions Stakes.

The man, believed to be a racegoer on a stag trip, was apprehended by Newbury chief executive Julian Thick and escorted from the the ring after sneaking in aided by his disguise.

Newbury head of communications Andy Clifton said: "A guy who appeared to be on a stag do tried to walk into the parade ring with the jockeys and was politely asked to leave by Julian, who apprehended him.

"There was nothing sinister about it, but when the Queen is here these things need to be taken seriously."

The intrusion took place before the first race while the Queen, who turned 91 today, had a runner in the third race. Maths Prize could not provide a birthday gift for his owner, finishing fifth.

Richard Melia, left (blue shirt), celebrates Sizing John's Gold Cup victory

Friday's fake jockey follows the recent unmasking of a serial interloper who followed Sizing John into the Cheltenham winner's enclosure after his Gold Cup win.

Revealed by the Racing Post to be Richard Melia from Colchester, he admitted a decades-long campaign of gatecrashing the limelight.

"I know it's naughty but I've done it at loads of places," he said. "I've been on the grid at Silverstone, I was in the ring at the Dubai World Cup the year Animal Kingdom won, I've been in the ring after a Floyd Mayweather fight in Vegas and shook hands with him."


There was nothing sinister about it, but when the Queen is here these things need to be taken seriously

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