Escaped racehorses run amok through Surfers Paradise

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Two jockeyless racehorses ran amok on the Gold Coast on Tuesday, bringing traffic to a halt and creating a street spectacle after escaping an event.

The Thoroughbreds were part of a Magic Millions promotional beach race for the annual showcase.

As hundreds of spectators watched the event on the sands of Surfers Paradise, the two horses took the opportunity to run away.

Footage shows the escapees – decked out in their racing finery – leaving the beach, crossing a footpath and galloping away.

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With the wind in their manes, the equines trotted on the wrong side of the road into oncoming traffic that had to stop.

They crossed the streetcar line and meandered through residential areas.

Evading attempts to recapture them, the racers turned onto the Gold Coast Highway and reportedly drove 1 km onto the main road.

Up to 10 people tried to catch the horses and end their thrilling adventure.

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It was unclear why these two particular animals had no riders, and it is believed that no person or creature was injured in the escapade.

A witness told 7NEWS that the family was loading the car at Wet ‘n’ Wild one day when “two horses came running by.”

“We thought: ‘This cannot be allowed to happen’.

“So we started tracking, seeing if we could get them. There were certainly people running after them.

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Journalist Paul Syvret took pictures of the handsome animals – one brown and one black – prowling past houses.

“Not quite the normal traffic in our ‘neighborhood’,” he wrote on Twitter.

One of the horses trotting through a residential area on the Gold Coast. Photo: Paul Syvret

The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Barrier Draw is being held as a free promotional event featuring jockey champions riding thoroughbreds across the Surfers Paradise Foreshore.

The escapees were reportedly apprehended outside a unit complex and taken into the safe custody of Magic Millions officials.