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Saturday, 19 January, 2019

It's all just a little bit of history repeating at Newbury

Newbury: Flat racing returns to track on Friday
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When it comes to brain fades, Newbury's BJP Insurance Brokers Open Hunters' Chase has previous.

The 2012 edition of the race hit the headlines when amateur rider George Gorman, on just his second ride under rules, bypassed the final fence - mistaking it for the water jump.

Like James Ridley, the 17-year-old Gorman was well clear on his mother's Merry Vic. It would have been his first ever winner but instead he picked up a 14-day ban for his efforts.

Gorman did not realise his mistake until after driving his mount all the way to the line and then standing up in his stirrups to celebrate.

"I've gone from the highest point of my life to the lowest in no more than a few seconds," was Gorman's stark assessment at the time. "I heard mum shouting and then I was a bit worried."

(We've all been there!)

Perhaps not surprisingly, Gorman's unfortunate incident was recalled by many on Friday, prompting the now former-professional jockey to tweet: "Looks like a whole lot of not my problem"


I heard mum shouting and then I was a bit worried

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