Sheehan unseated with Ffos Las victory at his mercy | Horse Racing News |

 By Lewis Porteous 3:04PM 1 MAR 2017 

THERE was high drama in the first race at Ffos Las on Wednesday, with odds-on favourite Bob Mahler snatching defeat from the jaws of victory when unseating Gavin Sheehan with little more than 100 yards to the finish.

Sent off at 4-11 to make it fourth time lucky, the Warren Greatrex-trained Bob Mahler looked set to do just that as he started to get the better of Swift Crusader after both had safely cleared the final hurdle.

However, despite forging ahead, Bob Mahler started to wander to his left. Sheehan tried to correct his detour but as he used his whip, Bob Mahler appeared to duck back in the opposite direction, leaving Sheehan unable to maintain the partnership as he crashed to the ground.


Sheehan becomes unbalanced from Bob Mahler with the post in sight

 PICTURE:At The Races 


The rider tries to maintain the partnership but gravity takes over

 PICTURE:At The Races 


It is no good! the rider slips out the saddle with victory so close

 PICTURE:At The Races 


Sheehan hits the deck, leaving Swift Crusader in the clear

 PICTURE:At The Races 

“He was just a bit green out in front,” explained Sheehan after the race. “I was going along alright with Sean (Bowen) upsides, then he left me so I had to grab a hold of him.

“I gave him a slap going to the second last and he jinked away from that, then I gave him two more and he jinked again, so I grabbed another hold of him and gave him a slap to the left and he’s jinked away underneath me.”

Talking to At The Races, Sheehan added: “He’s ducked away from the whip, I thought I had the beating of the other horse but he was green in front so it was just a matter of trying to keep him going.

“He never did anything the last day really. It’s not the nicest walk back in but that’s racing – I’ll have to get a bit of superglue next time.”

The mishap left Swift Crusader to run out a wide-margin winner at 3-1 for Evan Williams and Adam Wedge.

Williams said: “It was a very strange finish but obviously we’re delighted – we were serving it up to the other horse whether he was staying in the race or not. It’s nice to win but clearly unfortunate for connections of the horse that unshipped.

“It’s not the way you want to win races but as long as nobody is hurt then we’ll take it.”

The drama for the day did not end there as Will Kennedy was all but unseated from Dear Sire in the 2m3½f maiden hurdle when leading at the last hurdle.

However, despite having both legs over the same side of the saddle, Kennedy produced a remarkable recovery for a 4-1 victory.

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