Idoit runs onto the track at Cranbourne and nearly causes catastrophe
A track invader narrowly missed being hit by racing horses after invading Cranbourne racecourse during the running of race nine on Friday night.
The lout, shirtless and sporting a mullet, ran towards the field as the field rounded the home bend following a physical scuffle with a security guard.
He jumped the fence just before the race began, not far from the finish line, before he was tackled.
He wrestled with the guard before a friend intervened after also jumping the fence.
The friend physically intervened, dragging the guard off his friend.
The shirtless lout then runs down the wrong way down the home straight, oblivious that the field is hurtling towards him.
Despite seeming shocked at the horses surging towards him, he is not hit and none of the horses were spooked by his appearance.
The invader is then seen jumping a fence and being congratulated by his friend.
The Cranbourne Turf Club is calling for the three individuals involved in the track invasion to be banned from attending racecourses for life.
Club CEO Neil Bainbridge was ‘mortified’ by what occurred and has moved immediately to ban the trio – two of which are believed to be still being sought by police.
“It’s the Club’s view that the individuals involved should be banned from all Victorian racecourses,” Bainbridge said.
“The behaviour is totally unacceptable.
“Jockey safety and horse welfare are non-negotiable paramounts at the Cranbourne Turf Club and we will do everything we can to ensure these people are not only not welcome at the Cranbourne Turf Club but at any racetrack in Victoria.
“And in addition to that, Victoria Police have copies of the footage provided by Thoroughbred Racing Productions (TRP).
“When we review the footage we will either release it on social media, which has its positives and negatives, or to bring it to some people who we know to try and identify the group.”
Bainbridge said he was happy with the performance of the security team, one of whom was allegedly assaulted in the incident.
“Unless we had two-metre high outside fences we couldn’t stop this situation. From what I understand security was right on hand and did everything they could.”