Freak accident Brodie recovering from big fall after crossing the line
AN amateur jockey is recovering from a ‘freak accident’ which left her nursing a broken collarbone.
Brodie Hampson suffered the injury when River Of Intrigue came down following a race at Newton Abbot on July 5.
The nine-year-old stumbled and fell after crossing the line in fourth in a 3m 2f handicap chase.
The unfortunate incident happened a year on from when Hampson, 25, was treated for back and head injuries at the same track.
“It’s quite a bad break of my collarbone this time,” she said.
“When I was pulling up, River Of Intrigue tripped on something and shot me into the ground.
“It was freak accident. All of a sudden I lost him from underneath me.”
Hampson, who is based at John O’shea’s yard in the Forest of Dean, saw the surgeon several days after the tumble and was told the injury could heal naturally.
Last summer, she spent a long time on the sidelines battling back from the serious fall which knocked her unconscious.
She eventually made a successful return and added a second Royal Artillery Gold Cup to her CV.
The emotional triumph came three years after she carried the silks of her father Sergeant Mark Hampson - who sadly died several months later - to glory on aboard Jennys Surprise.
Hampson chose to scatter the former soldier’s ashes at Cheltenham on hunter chase night in 2017.
Just hours later, she was celebrating her first winner at the Home of Jump Racing and said he would have been especially proud of the achievement.
While recuperating, Hampson says
she has had a lot of time to think about her career in the saddle, which may now head in a different direction.
“After the injuries I’ve had I’m more picky about the horses I’m going to ride over jumps,” she said.
“I have broken my back twice now so I am lucky to be walking let alone riding.
“I love National Hunt racing, the buzz of it, but it’s nice to ride on the Flat as well.
“I’d like to do more of that if I can.” River Of Intrigue’s owners and O’shea were responsible for one of the favourites on Monday afternoon’s Cartmel card, Winter Lion in the Follow @ racingtv On Twitter Handicap Chase at 5pm.
Champion conditional jockey Bryony Frost has been booked to ride, but the horse was pulled up.
O’shea has been training in England since the 1980s and the last Flat season was his most successful in terms of prize money as the team at Tudor Racing Stables amassed close to £100,000.