Well I have always known that our horses would be involved in falls and injuries at some point in their racing careers as this is part and parcel of jump racing and is unavoidable.
Yesterdays forward somersault by Romany Ryme at Kelso when he was travelling well in third place was caused through no fault of his own when he was brought down by the horse in front Dickie Henderhoop who fell at the last hurdle leaving our horse and jockey no chance at all.
At the time my main concern was and still is for the well being of our jockey Jonathon Bewley who thankfully has come out of what was an awful tumble with nothing more serious than some stiffness and bruising all round this morning. I can tell you I have never been so pleased to see a jockey walk out of an ambulance in one piece as I was yesterday at Kelso.
Our horse seems to have come out of this somehow unscathed but I don’t quite know how if you watch the race video.
What I do know is that this is one reason why jump racing should only be a proper winter soft ground sport. If this fall had happened on summer good to firm jumping ground then I am certain the outcome would have been far worse than yesterdays so I am really truly thankful that all are ok.
Romany Ryme seems fine today at home so we will go easy on him for a week and make sure he is 100% before making our next plans which if all goes well are already mapped out with George.
How tough and brave are these jockeys and when you think of all the media coverage and revenues generated by the racing industry from this great sport it really does bring home how the main risks are very firmly with the jockeys and horses.
The horses get pampered and are very well looked after at home and that is as much as we can do for them, however the rewards for most jump jockeys outside the top 30 in the sport fall well short of what they deserve. Yet we have a whole raft of large businesses making a lot of money out of this great sport and what risks and rewards are they enjoying in comparison to the Jockeys?
I do admit to having to lick my own emotional wounds a little this morning, however after watching two horses break down at Haydock in one race today it did make me fully appreciate that things could have been a lot worse yesterday.
I am a great believer in what goes around comes around and in which case we are due some better fortune over the coming weeks.