THIS is the absolutely brutal moment you can see a jockey’s heart break when he’s stripped of victory while celebrating.
Poor old Calvin Habib thought he had landed a 25-1 shock on Rock The Fox at Greyville racecourse in South Africa.
TV cameras captured the rider beaming with pride after he thought he had guided the longshot to a Grade 1 victory worth £14,481.
But just as he was soaking it all in, a racecourse worker walks up, removes the winning sash from the horse and puts it round the neck of a nearby rival.
Turns out Habib had finished second by a nose to 10-1 Canadian Summer.
The real winning jockey Jason Gates somewhat awkwardly accepted the sash and discreetly celebrated with connections after Habib’s howler.
A stunned Sky Sports Racing host calling the action said: “Calvin was celebrating on Rock The Fox like he had been declared the winner.
“They even put the winner’s sash on him.
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“So for all intents and purposes you would have thought that, somewhere, he got a squeak that he won the race.
“But just moments later they’ve come back and said, ‘hold up, we’ve actually got a new winner’.
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“There’s confusion all around Greyville circuit but it has been confirmed Canadian Summer is the winner.”
Punters were blown away by the howler.
One said: “I was watching this live! Couldn’t believe it.”
Another wrote simply: “Oh no.”
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