Hero averts Te Rapa dis­as­ter

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and in dan­ger of be­ing se­verely tram­pled as the horse strug­gled to re­gain its feet.

In a split second Lead­beater, a 12-year vet­eran of the gate crew, had reached the rider and swiftly dragged her to safety away from the bar­rier stall and clear of any dan­ger.

‘‘Just out of the cor­ner of my eye I saw some white colours get­ting flung back­wards,’’ Lead­beater said.

‘‘You knew straight away there was go­ing to be a prob­lem and I could see the horse in an awk­ward po­si­tion.

‘‘I just man­aged to get across there be­fore the horse came down on her and pulled her out un­der­neath the gate.

‘‘At that stage she was in a bit of shock and quite dizzy from such a heavy blow, so it was a mat­ter of get­ting her away from the trou­ble.

‘‘She came to a lit­tle then and was sort of say­ing about her neck hurt­ing so I had to stop in mid-stride and keep her as still as pos­si­ble un­til the paramedics could get to her.’’

Wenn has lit­tle rec­ol­lec­tion of what ac­tu­ally took place dur­ing the in­ci­dent but she knows she has Lead­beater to thank for sav­ing her from se­ri­ous in­jury.

‘‘My filly was get­ting a lit­tle stirred up and I had asked for a man up with me,’’ she said.

‘‘All I can re­mem­ber next is wak­ing up as I was be­ing pulled across the grass.

‘‘I blacked out again and came to in the am­bu­lance.

‘‘I haven’t seen any footage but I’m thank­ful to An­drew and ev­ery­body who helped me.

‘‘It could have been re­ally nasty and I feel very lucky to get away with only some mi­nor bumps and a re­ally stiff neck.’’

Wenn was stood down and was ex­pected to be back rac­ing pend­ing the re­sult of a fur­ther head as­sess­ment.

Lead­beater quickly down­played his role as just another day in the job.

TR­ISH DUNNELL/SUP­PLIED

Bar­rier at­ten­dant An­drew Lead­beater.

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