Thursday, September 27, 2012

Jockey rides on air during race fall

Apprentice jockey Dean McWhinney was photographed riding on air at the Sunshine Coast races in Australia on Sunday after being dislodged by his mount in the straight.

McWhinney had a "lucky" escape after his mount, Sir Knox, veered left sharply in the straight, leaving the jockey spilling into the air and landing among the rest of the field.

Onlookers at the racecourse near Caloundra were relieved when horse and rider escaped relatively unharmed, as they had the bulk of the field behind them when the incident occurred.

"I basically stayed where I was and the horse tried to get to the outside fence," McWhinney said. McWhinney, 21, escaped with a sore knee and a few aching muscles.

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