Video: Horses run over man at Singapore track — A man was caught on video being run over by horses at the beginning of a race at the Singapore Turf Club on Sunday evening, January 5.
Due to the large amount of interest generated by online videos of the incident, the Turf Club said on its website it wanted to shed some light on what happened.
Prior to the start of Race 10 at the Singapore Racecourse at Kranji, one of the staff members of trainer Leslie Khoo, who had been attending to the horse Sky Empathy in his barrier gate, crawled out from under the gate and was intending to walk out of the track so the race could start, the website said.
But as the staff member stood up between barrier No 6 and 7, the start of the race was effected. The staff member fell, and then picked himself up and walked away uninjured.
Immediately after the race ended, a preliminary investigation was conducted. A further investigation into the circumstances which resulted in this event occurring will be held at a later date, said the Singapore Turf Club website.
In the video, a man dressed in pink is checking on horses at the starting gates of the race. Just before he is able to move to the sidelines, the gates open and the horses come stampeding out as he is toppled to the ground.
The man is a syce who grooms and takes care of horses, and has seen a doctor for minor injuries sustained in the incident, according to a report in The Straits Times.
The Singapore Turf Club also said the man was given medical leave for a day as a precaution, and was able to return to work on Tuesday.