You haven t won, son : Jockey misjudges end of Hokitika race, finishes a lap early
'You haven't won, son': Jockey misjudges end of Hokitika race, finishes a lap early

An apprentice jockey was left red faced after he celebrated winning a horse race in New Zealand, only to learn that he had finished a lap early.

Singaporean jockey Rafi Firdhaus, riding Locally Sauced in the Rendel Foster Memorial Hokitika Businesses Cup, came hairing out of what he thought was the final bend to move several lengths in front of the pack in Wednesday's race.

Locally Sauced comes bounding down the home straight. Credit: Trackside

As he passed the winning post he rose out of the saddle to give a victory salute, only to have to sit back down again and jockey his now tired horse around the 2180-metre course one more time.

Firdhaus thinks he's won. Photo: Trackside

If only he could have heard the TV commentator.

"I hope this rider in front knows there's another lap to go," he said.

As Firdhaus and Locally Sauced take a breather, the rest of the pack carries on. Photo: Trackside

"I think he's misjudged this ... he's miscounted the rounds.

"And Locally Sauced, you haven't won son."

Firhaus and Locally Sauced eventually finished fourth.


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