'Unbelievable': Racehorse Hit By Patron-Operated Drone In … – Paulick Report

A drone similar to this one landed on the back of a horse at Killarney Racecourse on Tuesday.

A “reckless” incident on Tuesday at Ireland’s Killarney Racecourse could have resulted in serious injury, officials told racingpost.com. A tourist was operating a drone, flying it over the paddock during the races, and attempting to land it on the back of Keith Watson-trained runner St Killenagh. Watson ended up being kicked by one of the horse’s front hooves.

“I never saw the drone because it was behind me all the time, driving the horse mad, and it hit him on his back,” said Watson. “Physically he was fine, but he ran his race before he ever got to the start. I went into the stewards and I ate the heads off them, I don’t mind saying. It was so dangerous it was unbelievable.”

The tourist, believed to be an American, was given a verbal warning and allowed to leave the facility.

“A drone shouldn’t have been there, but the guy concerned didn’t know what he was doing,” said Turf Club chief executive Denis Egan. “It could’ve been very serious, but when there are 2,000 people at a race meeting it’s not possible for the Turf Club to be responsible for them all, and it could just as easily have hit someone up in a bar or a grandstand.”

Read more at racingpost.com.

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