INTRODUCTION: Patrons of Australian trotting (harness racing) witnessed one of the most spectacular smashes ever in Sydney on Tuesday (17 March).
GV Trotting horses rounding bend of track down stretch. One horse falling causing pile-up. Sulkies and drivers strewn over course, crash victims being helped from course PAN TO GV OF race continuing around back stretch.
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
CONROY: "Over on the fence is 'About Face' Jekyll in the centre. On the outside of Jekyll, Johnny Hyde and then 'Magic Colaba' (PHONETIC), and Tellamiya (PHONETIC)...and back on the rail is Super Quick (PHONETIC). Down to the judge, one lap to go. The bell, and here's the great racer Nipper Corozon (PHONETIC) joined by ...aahh...there's a bad fall, there's a bad fall. (INDISTINCT) went down. Wait a minute. All the drivers are OK. All the drivers are OK. Right now. All the drivers are OK. I think Colomats (PHONETIC) might want a bit of attention. (INDISTINCT) was going to take the lead. He jumped and went down. But along the back, and the leader is Nipper Corozon (PHONETIC). He's about two-and-a-half in front of About Face, and a long way back, Maida Magic (PHONETIC) and Tellamiya (PHONETIC). They're the only ones left in the race. They're about to sweep out of the back straight up to the ten. And About Face is pulling out of the race now."
SPORT: TROTTING (HARNESS RACING)
COMMENTATOR: RAY CONROY
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Patrons of Australian trotting (harness racing) witnessed one of the most spectacular smashes ever in Sydney on Tuesday (17 March). In a race at Bankstown, horses, rigs and drivers scattered along the main straight after a lead horse stumbled and fell. One loose horse jumped the barrier and sped off. Several drivers were given medical treatment for bruises and shock, and later taken to hospital for observation. The event was declared a no-race. Here's how commentator Ray Conroy, of ATN-7 saw the incident.