The long-awaited horse race since March was marred due to a high-speed collision of two horses, December Second and Financial Conduct in the Newcastle Racecourse.
The twelve runners started their mild and a half race and soon after two furlongs, the two jockeys were leading with their horses running at a very high speed.
The two leading jockeys PJ McDonald and Jim Crowley were riding their horses December Second and Financial Conduct and soon after two furlongs, December Second slipped in the middle of the field and Financial Conduct collided with it and fell on the field.
The horses were immediately treated by vets and the jockeys were taken to the weighing room maintaining social distancing.
Both the jockeys and the horses were injured badly, but December Second got severe injuries and was put down. From the jockeys, PJ Mcdonald got minor injuries and joined his next races on the card, whereas Crowley missed two of his next races but will return soon to ride.
Experts say, that the falling of horses in the field is quite unusual. 1 out of 1000 horses falls in the field and that happens sometimes because of very high speed and when horses lose balance. Horses racing over jumps are more likely to fall than those running on flat grounds.
The loss of December Second is bigger for its trainer Phil Kirby and its owners, riders, and the caretakers. Everyone is saddened about the death of December Second. Phil Kirby said that he is afraid that December Second has gone.
About 200 hundred such horses die in British racecourses every year. December Second is one of them now.