Conditional jockey Campbell Gillies is expecting to be back riding in six weeks despite being mowed down by a horse at Aintree racecourse last weekend.
Mr Gillies parted company with his mount Lie Forrit when the horse ducked around the final hurdle. The jockey got to his feet and ran to the running rail for safety but was hit by another horse, Risk Runner.
The 19-year-old broke two ribs, cracked several small bones around his vertebrae, punctured a lung and suffered bruising to his kidneys and liver.
“I am a lucky lad, I could have been a lot worse,” Mr Gillies told the Racing Post. “The horse basically moved me down. Obviously I’m a bit sore but I don’t feel too bad.”
Mr Gillies is still in Fazakerley Hospital in Liverpool though is hoping to be released today. He likely to be off for six weeks but hopes he will be back riding sooner than that.