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Meanwhile in Australia, a kangaroo found its way into the middle of a pack of racing Thoroughbreds.

By Leslie Potter | May 3, 2017

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On Tuesday, a late entry joined a Thoroughbred race at Cessnock Race Track in a rural section of New South Wales, Australia. A kangaroo appeared along the inside rail and stuck with the pack for a while before bolting out of there.

Did the ‘roo have a chance at winning? According to (yep), a red kangaroo can reach speeds of 44mph for short distances, which would certainly allow one to stick with the horses for a while. Typically they hop along at a more leisurely 13-16mph. The website states that they can maintain a speed of 25 mph for around 2 kilometers, which is close to the distance of Tuesday’s kangaroo-crashed race. Not a bad hopping speed, but not good enough to keep up with fit Thoroughbreds who can race at speeds above 40 mph.

Kangaroo in a horse race

The kangaroo’s dart through the pack was a risky move, but no horses, riders, or marsupials were injured in the incident.

The winning jockey, Robert Thompson, later said that the kangaroo’s appearance was part of his game plan to distract his competitors, according to

The kangaroo was not available for comment.

Leslie Potter is a writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Kevin    Wantage, NJ

4/23/2018 6:02:31 AM

Little Skippy sure could move along with those race horses! Glad that he made a clean get-a-way!

Bonnie    Warwick, NY

12/6/2017 3:55:38 AM

Oh MY, sure glad he could scoot along like that and then right between them all without being runned down! Glad that the horses didn't spook either!

Heather    Loveland, CO

10/6/2017 3:55:28 AM

Well isn't this interesting! A Kangaroo in the race! Just really glad he didn't spook the horses or get trampled!

Brenda    Somewhere, FL

7/5/2017 4:00:35 AM

WOW that was a risky move darting between those running race horses! Lucky Roo for sure!

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