In what looked like an extremely scary accident, three jockeys — including leading rider A Sandesh who is hot favourite to win the championship this season — and their horses came tumbling down one after another in quick succession during the running of the Audi Multi-Million, the feature event of Saturday's Mahalaxmi Racecourse card.
Both Good Thing and Sparkling Eyes help themselves to their feet even as jockey S John is seen airborne and about to fall, while One Aim can be seen falling with head down and tail up. One Aim had serious injuries
However, all three of them had a miraculous escape as they were unhurt. The three horses involved in the pile up were One Aim (A Sandesh up), Good Thing (S John up) and Sparkling Eyes (CS Jodha up). Two of them — Good Thing and Sparkling Eyes — got up and finished the race riderless, but One Aim wasn't so lucky. He broke down, and had to be put to sleep on compassionate grounds. One Aim was trained by Karthik G and carried the silks of late Dr MAM Ramaswamy.
The starter sent off the five runners to a fair and level start for the richest race on the Saturday card, with favourite Serenity (Dashrath Singh up) quickly dashing ahead from the outside draw to take up the lead. She was stalked by One Aim, who was followed by Good Thing, Sparkling Eyes and Whomakestherules almost in a line. Soon after crossing the 900-meter marker, One Aim driven by Sandesh clipped the left hind leg of Serenity with his right fore leg, stumbling in the process.
Luckily, Sandesh was thrown off the saddle, but away from the rails, and Suraj Narredu astride the eventual winner, Whomakestherules, was alert enough to steer safely without causing him any injury. Racegoers were in a state of shock, but race club official soon announced about the escape of all three jockeys.