Crowd members were left stunned after a man ran in front of a pack of charging horses at a racecourse.
A daring member of the public had walked onto the racecourse and was seen standing in the middle as horses raced towards to the finish line.
Despite the close call, the person remained unhurt as jockeys had to tactfully dodge the intruder.
The incident took place just 150m from the end of race eight as horses raced at full speed, reports news.com.au.
Following the foolish move, the intruder was later arrested be police in New Zealand.
In a shocking video the offender can be seen standing right in the centre of the track while jockeys raced in full flow.
As the horses pass and narrowly miss him he can be seen celebrating.
Champion jockey Danielle Johnson said.“He was lucky he didn’t get run over.
“Most of us didn’t see him until late.”
The horses were travelling above a speed of 60km/h as they headed towards the finish line.
With a weight of 500kg, if a horse had ended up crashing into the intruder it could have proved fatal.
Commentator for Fox Sports, Ben Damon posted a response to the shocking video, he said: “Behold, a d***head.”
A spectator who had been watching the incident unfold spoke to Stuff and said: “The guy was stupid. All the horses had to separate around him. It’s more about the safety of the horses and jockeys.
“Everyone was yelling at him.”
New Zealand racing powerhouse Te Akau Racing tweeted: “Barbaric – he could have killed our horses and our humans — and himself,” reports news.com.au.
According to a police spokeswoman the man is likely to be charged with endangering public safety.