Freak ac­ci­dent Brodie re­cov­er­ing from big fall af­ter cross­ing the line

Gloucestershire Echo - - RACING - Melissa JONES [email protected]­

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.

Brodie Hamp­son

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