Horse Swims 11km Off Brisbane After Dumping His Rider

Publish Date
Friday, 26 February 2016, 2:56PM

REBEL Rover may well be the best named racehorse in Australia, after he dumped his rider and swam 11km in Moreton Bay.

It all went down off Sandgate, north of Brisbane, on Thursday.

Rebel Rover, who is described as “crazy” by his trainer Brad Smith, escaped from jockey Jackson Morris and then spent two hours in the bay before being rescued by Volunteer Marine Rescue and Brisbane Water Police.

The horse tried to escape again as he neared landfall, but Morris averted another disaster by keeping a tight grip on him, by this time with an intrigued crowd looking on.

The horse then proceeded to ‘head-butt’ Smith’s father Gary and knocking him unconscious as he was being loaded onto the float.

“It was a very interesting morning to say the least,” Smith said.


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