An exercise jockey is in a critical condition in a Chinese hospital following what has been described as “a terrible accident” during a training run at the Sha Tin Racecourse on Tuesday.
The jockey has been named locally as 39-year-old(surname) Mok. Mok fell off as he was taking the animal for a morning practice ride in a paddock at the racecourse at around 6 am. The rider was thrown off and suffered a kick from the animal, resulting in serious head injury.
He was rushed to Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin after being found unconscious. Doctors found that he had suffered cerebral hemorrhage.
According to the Hong Kong Economic Journal, Mok was from a stable run by famous champion horse trainer Caspar Fownes.
Mok is the son of a stable staffer and is a member of the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s 16th class of Trainee Apprentice Jockeys. Two of Mok’s classmates, one person surnamed Kan and the other Cheng, died from falling off horses in the past. Those fatal accidents took place in March 1999 and September 2000.