Lead­ing jockey es­capes in­jury in nasty race fall

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - PATRICK BARTLEY

‘‘He'll be taken to hos­pi­tal to be checked right out.’’

For­mer cham­pion ap­pren­tice Beau Martens nar­rowly es­caped se­ri­ous in­jury at Caulfield on Sun­day when his mount crashed to the ground in the clos­ing stages of the Davies Hand­i­cap.

Mertens, who was aboard last­start win­ner Ori­ent Line, was an­gling for a run in­side the fi­nal 200m when his mount clipped the heels of the horse in front, re­sult­ing in a nasty fall.

Grave con­cerns were held for Mertens, who has be­come one of Aus­tralia’s most suc­cess­ful young jock­eys in re­cent years. How­ever, the 20-year-old com­plained only of knee sore­ness.

Sadly, the in­juries Ori­ent Line re­ceived in the in­ci­dent meant that vet­eri­nary sur­geons had to eu­thanise the horse.

Ori­ent Line was a win­ning chance prior to the fall.

Those who spoke to Mertens after the in­ci­dent re­ported that it was only his left knee that was of any con­cern.

‘‘He is con­scious and com­plain­ing mostly of a sore knee. He’ll be taken to hos­pi­tal to be checked right out,’’ a Mel­bourne Racing Club spokesman said.

The in­ci­dent was par­tic­u­larly nasty as it was so close to the view­ing au­di­ence at the Caulfield race­track.

Se­cu­rity of­fi­cers and of­fi­cials kept the crowd back, in­clud­ing a num­ber of fam­i­lies.

The win­ner of the Davies Hand­i­cap was the promis­ing Widgee Turf, who reg­is­tered his third straight met­ro­pol­i­tan suc­cess.

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