Eaves thrown at line

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There was drama yesterdaty in the opening race at Hamilton where Verinco ditched his rider Tom Eaves yards from the line when looking certain to win. The horse was more than a length in front with the post in sight when he pricked his ears and jinked to the right, causing Eaves' exit.

Lucky Dan, who was in second place, was brought down, giving Andrew Heffernan no chance of staying in the saddle. The horses and jockeys appeared to escape unscathed.

The incident left the Sexual Health Sprint Maiden Auction Stakes at the mercy of Tony Hamilton's mount Calley Ho (8-1).

"He was having a look about going down. I think he's seen something in the crowd, but it's the same wherever you go, people jumping around. He just got spooked, it was one of those things," Eaves said.