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WATCH: The moment a race winner at Ripon came perilously close to entering a busy road

WATCH: The moment a race winner at Ripon came perilously close to entering a busy road

Published at 7:07am 21st May 2018. (Updated at 7:10am 21st May 2018)

It is not unusual for a sports star to go on a lap of honour after winning a big race.

But, at Ripon yesterday, one horse appeared to be in a rush just to get home, bolting towards the car park after victory in the 4.30 yesterday.

50,000 people have already viewed a video on social media as hot favourite Tigre du Terre ditched his jockey and headed unnervingly close to the racecourse entrance.

Only an arm-waving steward's quick-thinking prevented the horse getting on to the busy Boroughbridge Road.

WATCH: the moment was captured by At the Races

Tigre du Terre had just tasted victory, winning with odds of 1/9. 

Reports suggest the colt was eventually caught safely and returned to his owners.

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