11 gravity-defying racing recoveries

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  • Fast and furious, these racing recoveries will have you covering your eyes. Hold on tight...

    According to statistics, National Hunt jockeys will average one fall in every 16 races. Riders on the Flat don’t quite face the same fate but the occasional slip-up is not unusual.

    No jockey likes tasting the turf, but — once past the point of no return — it often can’t be helped. However, we delved into the archives and found this selection of jockeys showing-off their gravity-defying skills in the saddle. No super glue needed here…

    1. Heavenly Brook does his best to get rid of Robbie Colgan at Gowran Park


    2. Ruby Walsh (pictured left), riding alongside the 20-time champion jockey AP McCoy, performs a superhero manoeuvre to stay on Reisk Superman at Fairyhouse to finish third


    3. Tom Cannon makes an impressive recovery at Plumpton before going on to win aboard In The Jungle

    *video courtesy of At The Races*

    4. Shane Jackson gets tipped out of the saddle but clings onto The Joker after the fifth fence at Kilbeggan


    5. Teacht An Earraig ducks out on the home run before winning at Leopardstown, while jockey Danny Mullins does well to stay in the plate


    6. Keep your eye on the grey horse in this race at Galway — the jockey performs some miracle acrobatics to remain on top

    *video courtesy of GBI*

    7. Andy McNamara holds on for all he’s worth after coming out the side door during a race at Thurles — somehow the jockey manages to get himself back in the saddle


    8. Adrian Joyce adopts an unorthodox position aboard Klassy at Limerick


    9. Jockey Rajiv Maragh sits tight after his horse stumbles coming out of the gates at Belmont Park in New York

    *video courtesy of NYRA*

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    10. Tony Dobbin — who won the 1997 Grand National on Lord Gyllene — nearly parts company with Take The Stand during the Betfair Bowl Chase at Aintree

    11. Tom O’Brien manages to stay balanced after his mount, Or Bleu, pecks on landing

    Cheltenham Festival 2009 day 3 , Freddie williams festival plate
    Photos courtesy of Healy Racing/Racingfotos.com and trevor-meeks-photography.co.uk

    Don’t miss our 13-page National Hunt special in today’s issue of Horse & Hound magazine (3 November 2016), where we find out what makes Thistlecrack just so good, plus who the jockeys, horses and trainers to watch this season are.

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