Jockey slips off horse and recovers to win race

Jose Verdugo
Diciembre 8, 2017

Jack Kennedy produced a sensational recovery to win at Clonmel Races on Thursday afternoon.

Kennedy, 18, was riding Gordon Elliot-trained horse Robin Des Mana when the 6-year-old gelding landed awkwardly after taking a routine fence, throwing the highly-regarded jockey out of his saddle.

Instead of accepting what would certainly have been a nasty fall, Kennedy clung on for all his worth, before eventually remounting and going on to win at odds of 7/2. However, Robin Des Mana had dropped to fifth place.

Remarkably, Kennedy kept his composure and somehow managed to pull himself back on board and keep the partnership intact.

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Kennedy said post-race he thought he was gone. "I was a little bit embarrassed that I got thrown out of the saddle so I said I'd better try..."

"It was a silly little mistake and I didn't really fancy getting galloped on so I did my best to stay on him and thankfully I did". He stayed straight so that was a big help.

While his horse continued at full speed, Kennedy struggled to pull himself back onto his mount and looked a certainty to hit the turf.

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