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Chaos as van ploughs into two horses and jockey somersaults to the ground in horrific scenes

, Chaos as van ploughs into two horses and jockey somersaults to the ground in horrific scenes

THIS is the unbelievable moment a van ploughs into two horses seconds before a race in scenes of utter chaos.

Sky Sports Racing cameras captured the horrific incident at Compiegne racecourse in France on Tuesday.

The driver of the van somehow failed to spot the two horses charging in their direction

The horses and jockeys had no time to move out of the way as the van sped down

, Chaos as van ploughs into two horses and jockey somersaults to the ground in horrific scenesThis is the horrific moment the van ploughed into both horses and jockeys seconds before the race

, Chaos as van ploughs into two horses and jockey somersaults to the ground in horrific scenesThe rider at the front somersaulted to the ground while the one behind managed to hold on

Two racehorses were shown going down to the start when a van emerged from behind a tree and drove into them.

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The jockey on the front horse was sent flying from the saddle and somersaulted to the ground.

A second horse, a grey running in behind, also clattered into the side of the van but the jockey managed to stay on.

Miraculously, it is believed neither of the horses or jockeys were harmed.

And even more incredibly, the second horse to get hit, Happyday, actually went on to win the race.

Punters who witnessed the scenes watching on TV simply could not believe what they had just seen.

One said: “Crazy. Never seen that before on a racecourse.”

Another Twitter user commented: “Utter madness. Got to feel for the poor horses and connections.”

One post read: “Wow that’s awful. How does that even happen?!”

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While another said: “Never seen anything like this before. Bizarre incident, hopefully all OK afterwards.”

The crash came before the big-money 12.50 contest run over 2m2f at the course north of Paris.

Victory for 4-1 second-favourite Happyday was worth just over £53,000.

The front horse whose jockey went flying, John Locke, a five-year-old gelding, was withdrawn from the race.

More to follow.

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