As the Bangalore Turf Club’s winter season began Friday, three jockeys suffered a bad fall which led to a protest by punters at the event.
In the 1200m November Plate, which began at 2.15 pm on Friday, jockey Suraj Narredu astride Will To Win, the second favorite, looked set to win but fell down when the horse lost her footing in the final furlong and broke her leg.
Kiran Rai piloting Sir Piggot escaped unhurt while Srinath, who was guiding the public choice Aceros, sustained a hip injury. The Will to Win was later put to sleep on humanitarian grounds.
BTC ACCUSED OF NEGLIGENCE!
Visuals show horses colliding into one another at Bangalore Turf Club leaving 3 jockeys injured & one horse with a broken leg!
Reports suggest BTC did not inspect the race track well & allowed the winter race to take place on an unfit turf! pic.twitter.com/17I2dHCLHT
— Nabila Jamal (@nabila__jamal) November 15, 2019
After the incident, more than 1,500 angry punters vandalised the area demanding a refund after Bangalore Turf Club stewards didn’t declare the race null.
Speaking to Indianexpress.com, High Grounds Police Station inspector Serajuddin said, “More than a 1,000 people gathered and vandalised the TV and furniture inside the turf club premises after horse stumbled on the turf. We immediately rushed to the spot and controlled the crowd. There is no case registered on the incident.”