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Horse’s shock visit to Chorley bookies just before the Grand National

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Staff at a Chorley bookies are used to punters placing a pony on a fancy.

But when one walked through the door of the town centre shop just a few hours before the start of the Grand National on Saturday, they - and customers, too - got a bit of a shock.

A horse is led into Ladbrokes, Market Walk, Chorley, by a punter just hours before the start of the Grand National

A horse is led into Ladbrokes, Market Walk, Chorley, by a punter just hours before the start of the Grand National

The animal was led into Ladbrokes, Market Walk, on a rope by a punter who politely inquired “do you allow horses in here?”

The shop was only too willing and stable to take part in a little horse play and happily let the pony in.

Tiger Roll went on to win the National - not sure if the punter backed it, though.

Maybe he’d had a tip straight from the horse’s mouth?