Corbetts Cross CRASHES into fence at the last hurdle in the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival allowing Stay Away Fay to claim victory with both jockey and horse fortunately avoiding serious injury
- Corbetts Cross and jockey Mark Walsh narrowly avoided injury in shocking crash
- Shocking crash occurred in the Albert Bartlett at the last fence before finish
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Market favourite Corbetts Cross narrowly avoided serious injury in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival when he swerved off course and crashed into the outer poles of the final fence, dismounting jockey Mark Walsh.
Going well as the horses entered the final straight, Corbetts Cross appeared to be travelling ably with Stay Away Fay ahead of him by a few lengths.
However, approaching the final fence from a tight angle from the inside rail, Corbetts Cross opted to try and go round the hurdle and as such crashed into the inside fence.
With the fences plastic these days, both horse and jockey fortunately avoided serious injury, but it was an indication into the dangers and perils of national hunt racing.
Walsh fell off his mount and appeared to be in some pain, though swiftly rose from the ground, though he was holding his arm as he conversed with owner and trainer after the race.
The accident afforded Stay Away Fay, a 20-1 shot, a chance to romp home by a few lengths under scant pressure.
Walsh had been due to ride Minella Indo in the Gold Cup at 3:30, but was replaced by Nico de Boinville.
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