Everyone is looking for a safe bet on the races. And this weekend was no different at Fairyhouse in Ireland with Honeysuckle-the-hurdler back for a big win.
But a guy decided the time was right for a prank by pretending to propose to a buddy in front of a live TV crew.
Racing TV presenters Gary O’Brien and Lisa O’Neill discuss the results in the footage with two unknown men chatting in the background. As Gary recounts one of the races, the man in khaki pants and a gray checkered jacket goes down to one knee
He places two hands on his front leg and raises one with one hand extended towards the man standing in front of him.
The man receiving the proposal places his hands on his head in apparent shock before walking away behind a presentation booth – without a word!
The man who made the proposal stands up with a surprised expression as Lisa continues to comment on the events of the day.
But it soon becomes clear that the event was a comedic montage as the boys’ friends approach a building on the right.
Gary must have missed the joke – and the answer – because he wishes the couple the best.
He says, “I think those two guys behind us are going to get married.
“I wish them good luck for the future Lisa, I’m sure they will be very happy together.”
Running specialist Kevin Blake retweeted the video and joined in with his own quip.
He wrote: “Dramatic and really sad scenes at Fairyhouse.
“It was always going to be a big bet to ask the question on a public stage like that, but in fairness to the boy, he bounced back quickly!” ”
Some Twitter users were less impressed with the acting than others, but overall the reaction to the two guys’ onscreen banter was almost straightforward.
The streak ends with the boys’ friends rushing to clap after Gary says his last goodbye.
The Racing TV studio presenter can be heard laughing in the background.
He said, “It was really good how they pretended to get married.
“And then, of course, he abandoned it!”
The real moral of the story here is that there is no such thing as a safe bet on a racetrack.