Crash ruins otherwise perfect day for Pash

11:17 AM 08 Mar 2014 NZDT
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The three horse pileup at Westport

A pileup in the sixth race at Westport yesterday which saw trainer-driver Murray Pash hit the deck put a dampener on what was an otherwise perfect day for the Richmond based horseman.

Pash, who trained the second placed horse in the first race and trained and drove Beacon Hill to success in race five, was a part of a three horse pileup which saw himself, along with John Dunn and Samantha Ottley, dislodged from the sulky.

The crash happened soon after the start with Glencarrigh, who was being driven by Sam Ottley, falling in front of Can He Pay (Murray Pash) and Benio Billie (John Dunn) who were both unable to clear the fallen runner.

Ottley was flipped out of the cart while Pash, who was inside Ottley when the accident happened , was hit from behind and tossed inside the marker pegs on the inside of the track. Dunn was left with nowhere to go and ran into the back of Pash, which sent him torpedoing high into the air.

Dunn was clearly sore but was quick to his feet, while there were immediate concerns for Pash and Ottley who remained on the track.

Ottley, was quick to bounce back but was stood down for the rest of the day with concussion, while Pash was taken to hospital for observations before returning in time for the after-match function after the completion of the last race.

The race, which was called off after the nasty incident, was re-run half an hour later with the horses involved in the crash late scratched.

The event was taken out by Adore Me’s younger brother Ohoka Jett, while the aptly named Tough Enough, who is trained by Murray Pash, finished in second.

“I knew the day was going to good to be true,” joked Pash.

“But it was good to get a win with Beacon Hill as he has been very unlucky at times and the way Aracano and Tough Enough went they should have a good chance at Reefton,” added the bruised and battered horseman.

By Mitchell Robertson

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