Seagull ‘finishes second’ in horse race

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A seagull surprised onlookers by photobombing the end of a horse race. The bird swooped for the line in a photo finish at Brighton races at the end of a mile-and-a-half race.

It is thought to be the first bird to feature in a photo-finish print for a horse race, after making an impact in the 7.10 race on Tuesday.

The contest was won by Jewelled, ridden by Richard Hughes, ahead of Luke Morris on Sagesse.

Racecourse spokesman George Hill said: “We are about a mile-and-a-half from the sea, and there are a lot of seagulls around, but this has never happened before as far as we are aware. The bird just happened to be in the right place at the right time.”

Lee McKenzie, who provided notes on the race for the Racing Post, said: “Some racegoers thought the seagull should have been awarded second place.”

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