Horse racing witnessed extraordinary scenes on Tuesday when a horse smashed through a trackside fence.
Jean Valjean ditched its jockey and crashed through the picket fence before a race at Yarmouth.
The horse then trotted around a few peoples’ front gardens before it was brought back.
"Runaway horse! Glad to report Jean Valjean was caught unharmed after his mischief @GTYarmouthRaces,” Twitter account At the Races wrote.
Many fans saw the irony of Jean Valjean’s name - which it shares with a revolutionary from Les Miserables who attempts a number of escapes from prison in the famous musical.
"Classic Jean Valjean. Always looking to be part of a revolution,” one social media user wrote.
Another asked: "Seriously, is anyone surprised that Jean Valjean has made a run for it?"
@CarrieHFletcher for your bday I want you to watch this absolute masterpiece, from today...a horse, named Jean Valjean, escaping...😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 hope you are having a fantastic day! 🥰💚
— Melanie Murphy (@melaniietweets) October 22, 2019
Aptly named. Always on the run.
— Alasdair Ogilvy (@AlasdairOgilvy) October 22, 2019
And the band played, ‘I am reaching, but I fall / And the night is closing in / And I stare into the void / To the whirlpool of my sin / I’ll escape now from the world / From the world of Jean Valjean / Jean Valjean is nothing now / Another story must begin!’ ...
— John Berry (@JohnWathenBerry) October 22, 2019
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