Two horses dead, jockeys hospitalised in dramatic race day fall

Two horses euthanised in Tamworth Race 2 fall at the Country Championships qualifier meeting, photos, video


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RACE FALL: Five jockeys were taken to hospital after a fall in Race 2 at the Country Championships on Sunday. Photo: Gareth Gardner

RACE FALL: Five jockeys were taken to hospital after a fall in Race 2 at the Country Championships on Sunday. Photo: Gareth Gardner

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Luckily all of the riders escaped serious injury.

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A DRAMATIC fall at the Country Championships saw four jockeys hospitalised and two horses died.

Jockey Greg Ryan and horse Son Of A Dun hit the decks when it collapsed at the 900 metre mark.

The domino-effect saw Josh Adams, Rachel King, Kath Bell-Pitomac and Wendy Peel take the fall along with Ryan.

Five jockeys were reportedly hospitalised, but a NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said only four riders were taken to Tamworth hospital.

Races were delayed for the day as ambulances tended to the injured.

Source: Racing NSW

It's believed Son Of A Dun, ridden by Greg Ryan suffered a heart attack and collapsed in race two at the Country Championships qualifier meeting on Sunday.

The fall resulted in a domino effect that forced the other riders out of the saddle.

HORSE FALL: Modern Family finished the race without a jockey at Tamworth racecourse on Sunday. Photo: Gareth Gardner

HORSE FALL: Modern Family finished the race without a jockey at Tamworth racecourse on Sunday. Photo: Gareth Gardner

The incident "subdued spirits" at the course, Tamworth Jockey Club interim chairman Wade Berryman said.

"No one likes to see horses fall, let alone have to be euthanised," he said.

"Certainly no one wants to see jockeys injured."

INCIDENT: Paramedics rushed to the scene to treat the jockeys that had been dislodged from their horses. Photo: Gareth Gardner

INCIDENT: Paramedics rushed to the scene to treat the jockeys that had been dislodged from their horses. Photo: Gareth Gardner

The on-course ambulance rushed to the scene after the dramatic fall dislodged the jockeys.

All jockeys remained conscious after the fall and none had life-threatening injuries.

The rest of the races were delayed by 40 minutes while paramedics tended to the incident.

There were around 1000 people on the course on Sunday, the club had hoped for 1500.

The Northern Daily Leader

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