Turf club to investigate three-horse fall
AN INVESTIGATION will be carried out into the cause of a three-horse fall during a race at the Lismore Turf Club on Saturday afternoon.
About 2.40pm, three jockeys were dislodged off their racehorses at the 600m mark of race two, the XXXX Gold 1400m Maiden Handicap.
The horses continued to the finish line with no major injuries while a number of ambulances rushed across the racetrack to treat jockeys.
Race three was put on hold for about 40 minutes while concerned spectators waited for updates on the level of injury to jockeys and stewards caught stray horses.
Blaireau Eagle 2 jockey Terry Treichel (5) lost consciousness for a short period of time and complained of hip pain once he regained consciousness.
Milady Duchess apprentice jockey Norri Yuki Masuda (7) suffered leg pain.
Stormy Deeds apprentice jockey Niki Nakao (11) suffered a concussion and complained of dizziness, nausea and neck pain.
Chief Steward Mark Holloway said all three riders were taken to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition and vets determined the horses had not sustained any injuries.
"Race falls are a very real risk associated with horse-racing, that's why we're having an investigation.
"Riders and horses all appeared to have escaped serious injury, which we're very thankful for.
"We wouldn't pre-empt the cause.
"We have to take evidence from all of the riders and gather evidence from other sources to make a determination of whether someone was culpable or if there were other issues which contributed to the fall which need to be addressed."
The race was won by Gypsy Wild (Kim Loy) Gold Coast (M. Bennett).