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Friday 23 February 2018

WATCH - Jockey Jack Kennedy defies laws of gravity in miraculous recovery before winning in Clonmel

How did Jack Kennedy do this?
How did Jack Kennedy do this?
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Any punter who backed Robin Des Mana in the 2.35 in Clonmel today needs to send teenage sensation Jack Kennedy a Christmas card.

Kennedy once again advertised his considerable skills in the saddle when performing a minor miracle to stay aboard and eventually win on Robin Des Mana at Clonmel.

Gordon Elliott's charge was a 7-2 chance for the Clonmel Racecourse Supporters Club Only 90 Euros Beginners Chase and set out to make all the running in the two-mile contest.

The six-year-old jumped the first three fences safely enough, but pitched on landing after the fourth and his race appeared to be over when Kennedy slid out of the saddle and was left clinging on.

Remarkably, Kennedy kept his composure and somehow managed to pull himself back on board and keep the partnership intact.

Robin Des Mana had lost his position, but soon found his way back to the front and got the better of a late duel with 50-1 shot Kiera Royale to prevail by half a length.

Speaking to Attheraces afterwards, he said: "I got in underneath it and it hit me up into the arse and shot me out of the saddle.

"I was a little bit embarrassed that I got thrown out of the saddle so I said I'd better try and stay on him!

"I got shot out of the saddle, it was a silly little mistake and I thought I was gone but didn't fancy getting galloped on.

"I was lucky the railing was there as I'd have been gone out of the race and he kept straight and that was a big help.

"I got in underneath the last (fence) and could see the other horse coming to me, but he pulled it out."

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