THE first jumps race of the Oakbank Easter Carnival has been marred by a nasty fall.
The 12 runners in the Somerled Hurdle negotiated all but the final fence of the 2900m, with favourite Renew and second placegetter Distillation clearing out from the field.
But Searaven and Wheeler Fortune, who were out of contention, were involved in a fall at the final obstacle.
Searaven, ridden by Paul Hamblin, regained his footing and galloped on but Wheeler Fortune, with Richard Cully on board, suffered a significant injury to a foreleg and was euthanised by course veterinarians just minutes after the race had finished.
Both jockeys appeared to escape serious injury, though Cully was limping slightly as he returned to the jockey’s room.
Originally published as Nasty fall mars Oakbank jumps race
SOURCE: newsnow sport