Ryalex was the only horse of notice in Carlisle's fifth race Monday, winning the steeplechase by 24 lengths. It was something other than the winning margin, though, that made Ryalex hard to ignore.
Ryalex, a 7-year-old gelding trained by Lucinda Russell, was missing his left ear. According to the Racing Post, Ryalex normally races in a hood, making it hard to notice the missing ear. Connections decided to leave the hood off on Monday.
"We're particularly fond of him because he has only one ear. He lost it in an incident in Ireland before we bought him," Russell's partner Peter Scudamore told the Racing Post.
RYALEX wins the fifth ?? pic.twitter.com/bmFMjLgiMx— Carlisle Racecourse (@CarlisleRaces) November 12, 2018
The win at the English racecourse was the first in 11 starts for Ryalex. Ridden by Stephen Mulqueen, he completed the two miles and four furlongs in 5:21.80 over soft turf.