Jockeys rushed to hospital

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Jockeys rushed to hospital

Athandiwe Mgudlwa

Bonginkosi Nkosi: A nasty accident involving Bayview Express (Ashton Arries) and Twice Golden (Athandiwe Mgudlwa) in Race 3 at Scottsville today resulted in both jockeys being rushed to the hospital for observation, and the remainder of the meeting being delayed by more than 1 hour 30 minutes due to the surface around the turn being damaged.

“Both jockeys are stable but have been stood down and rushed to hospital,” confirmed Duty Officer Charles Bawden.

“Arries said he has issues with the area around his collarbone and Mgudlwa said he has issues with his knee. That is all I know at the moment.”

Mgudlwa’s mount tripped at about the 800m marker, dislodging his rider, who rolled on the ground and looked certain to be run over by Bayview Express.

However, the latter jumped over the injured jockey, landing awkwardly and falling to the ground along with his rider Arries.

This caused eleven of the fifteen jockeys to restrain their mounts, which essentially meant this turned into a four-horse race.

If anything, had Bayview Express not jumped over Mgudlwa, one can’t help but believe the jockey would have suffered way more injuries.

“Fortunately, the horses are also fine,” assured Bawden.

“The accident has forced us to have an inspection of the track. I’m on the track with a few jockeys and trainerss as we speak. We simply want to ensure that the surface is safe for racing, specifically around the bend,” he added.

This resulted in Race 4 being moved to 15:30. There will be 30 minute intervals, so keep an eye on the new times. 

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