IT’S usually the horses that risk falling on the racecourse.
But it was an American punter that nearly hit the deck at the £2.2 million Pegasus Cup over the weekend.
After what must have been a few beers, the man stumbled his way to a betting machine at Gulfstream Park, Florida.
He made his selection on the screen, but as his ticket fell to the floor his troubles began.
Fellow punters watching on cheered him from the sidelines as he managed to pick it up while staying on his feet. Just.
But he was far from in the clear.
As he went to begin his walk out to the track to take in the action his balance soon went.
Veering dramatically left, he miraculously stumbled into a single chair which saved the day.
The video has already been seen by nearly half-a-million people online.
In the days big race, US trainer Brad Cox continued his stellar campaign as Knicks Go made nearly all to win by three lengths.
Cox said: “Great horses do great things, and he did something great today. I’m very proud of him.
“We’ve had some horses we’ve claimed who have won stakes, but I haven’t seen anything like this.
“I wish I could say why it happened, but I don’t know what was happening before.
“He was great at two and looked like a good horse when we got him.”
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