National Treasure, a 71-year-old gelding tipped to win Scotland’s greatest steeplechase, has been pulled-over in the final furlong and taken in for questioning.
The 8-1 favourite was being ridden by wee jockey Nicola Sturgeon, who leapt out of the saddle moments before the police horse came alongside. The intervention should have left the field wide open for Fiddler on the Hoof, a 58-year-old stallion, but he fell at the notorious hurdle known as Sticky Fingers Brook.
Just Stop Oil protesters were left feeling dazed and confused when the race came to a sudden stop. Dozens of jockeys ran for cover and left the ground wearing sunglasses and false moustaches.