A racehorse charges into a bar close to a prestigious French race course – and clears it of punters in seconds.
The bizarre incident, captured by security cameras, shows customers running for cover as the animal bolts across the room.
Just seconds before, drinkers and bar staff can be seen inside the peaceful bar at Chantilly, north of Paris, when the young filly arrives.
She is saddled up ready for a race but instead chooses to kick out, knocking over chairs as she heads straight for the betting counter.
Most onlookers, including those serving at the bar, can meanwhile be seen rushing out as quickly as possible.
The horse’s trainer, Jean-Marie Beguigne, confirmed she had dumped her rider at the prestigious Chantilly Race Course stables, less than a mile away.
It is where the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe – one of the most prestigious flat racing events it the world – has been held for the past two years every October.
Mr Beguigne told Ouest France newspaper: "Between the track and the stables, her rider fell off.
"The filly escaped by going on to the road, and crossing a roundabout before entering this bar. It is all quite exceptional."
Nobody was hurt, and even the horse ‘showed no trauma or anxiety’, said Mr Beguigne, who did not reveal the horse’s name.
The trainer said the horse ‘had a penchant for escape’, but considered it incredible that she made for a PMU bar.
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PMU stands for Pari Mutuel Urbain, France’s state-controlled betting system.
PMU bars all have betting counters, and screens that show races.
Stephane Jasmin, the owner of the Chantilly PMU bar, said: "She pushed the door open, and raced straight for the betting corner.
"Then the filly turned around, breaking a table and chairs. We’ve never seen anything like it."
Mr Jasmin said a crowd of drinkers had just left to take a train before the horse arrived a week ago – on Monday, September 24, at around 10 am.
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