Ken Nicol: Both S’Manga Khumalo and Aldo Domeyer ended up going to hospital on a very eventful day for jockeys at Kenilworth.
First casualty was Khumalo while riding Ibra in Race 2.
The 27-10 second favourite was battling it out with market leader Mirage (43-20) in the closing stages when she seemed to falter and fell, pitching Khumalo onto the turf.
The Stipes Report reads as follows:
Approaching the 50m IBRA (S Khumalo) took an awkward incomplete stride for no apparent reason and both front legs folded underneath, which resulted in the filly falling and the rider was dislodged.
The unfortunate jockey was given lengthy treatment before being taken to hospital.
“Mr Khumalo had slurred speech, felt drowsy, a headache and neck pain. He also reported a thumb injury.
“He was sent to hospital for x-rays and further examination” said Kenilworth on-course medical officer Dr Godwin Carelse.
Ibra herself was unhurt.
Then in Race 6 Aldo Domeyer and After Glow came down 150m out when Adam Marcus’ filly lost her footing. Both hit the turf hard.
The stipes have opened an enquiry into this incident.
Eeerily Domeyer had virtually identical injuries to Khumalo, with head and neck issues, and a damaged ring finger.
He was also taken to hospital by ambulance for further tests.
Once again the horse miraculously escaped relatively unscathed, as After Glow only suffered cuts and bruises.