A general view of Newcastle racecourse (Alan Crowhurst/PA)Alert runners and riders managed to avoid a potentially nasty incident at Newcastle on Saturday evening, as a deer shot across the track.

The opening Betway Casino Handicap was progressing without drama, as Jason Hart and the Stuart Coltherd-trained Jack Yeats led the eight-strong field on their way.

But Hart and Jack Yeats were suddenly forced into a swift manoeuvre six furlongs out due to the appearance of the errant deer.

While it all happened very quickly, the runners were able to carry on their way virtually untroubled, with the race eventually going to the Jack Mitchell-ridden Madeeh, trained by Phil Kirby.

A report from the stewards read: “The stewards noted the presence of three deer in the back straight approximately six furlongs out which caused the leader Jack Yeats to shy.

“The clerk of the course stated that although they have personnel at various points on the track to prevent deer from causing any danger, it was unusual for the deer to be on that part of the track.

“He further added that the remainder of races at this meeting were on the straight course, but he would ensure for future meetings that there was someone in that position to prevent deer coming onto the track.

“His explanation was noted and no further action taken.”