He was obviously focused on getting the trophy.
Jockey Blake Shinn, riding Miss Royale, suffered an untimely wardrobe malfunction during the 200-meter mark of the Hyland Race Colours Plate in Canterbury, as reported by acting chief steward Greg Rudolph in an article from Brisbane Times.
“We usually report gear malfunctions, but we are leaving that one alone.”
“I was more worried about winning the race. They [the pants] went just after the start and there was nothing I could do,” Shinn said.
“I think a lot of people are going to have a bit of fun with this, but they can’t say I wasn’t focused and went to the line,” the report went on further.
Shinn turned to Twitter to express his feeling towards the incident.
— Blake Shinn (@blake_shinn) April 23, 2015
Miss Royale’s owner, Richard Pegum, who was in Dubai the time the race finished, wondered why his phone kept ringing. He found out later that his reliable jockey did not just win second but also won the attention of the world.
“Well, five wide with his pants down, he never stopped riding as you would expect from Blake,” Pegum said in the same Brisbane Times story.
Watch the entire race here.