Hewitson and Randolph go down

Hewitson and Randolph go down


Ken Nicol: After only returning to race riding on Saturday luckless champion jockey Lyle Hewitson took a nasty fall at Scottsville on Sunday.

Riding Gratuity for Louis Goosen, Hewitson was tracking leader and favourite Socrates on the outside when his mount broke down on the right fore leaving the 400m mark. 

He fell heavily, and there were fears that he could have suffered a further major injury, potentially putting his trip to Singapore for the forthcoming International Jockeys Challenge in jeopardy. 

Stuart Randolph was following on the grey Pathway To Glory who was unable to avoid Gratuity, and also hit the deck in a worrying manner. 

Thankfully course commentator Craig Peters reported prior to race five that both were “under observation, but appear to be fine, and have just suffered soft tissue injuries and bruising”.

The equines were less fortunate. Gratuity was immediately euthanased, while Pathway To Glory injured his hock, and was removed for a full veterinary examination. Sadly he was also put to sleep later in the day.

In something of a footnote Socrates went on to win the race by a length and a half.  

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