Five-year-old gelding Des De Jeu took a tumble while jumping the first fence in the above video. Jockey Aaron Kuru somehow held on to the animal as they both slid across the track and then quickly remounted.
What's amazing is that the pair miraculously managed to make their way back to the main pack and narrowly win the 3,200 meter sprint on the final stretch in a tense neck-to-neck battle with the favorite horse.
Kuru praised his comeback horse in an emotional post-race interview.
“It was his first start over the fences, and he probably landed a bit steep and just went down,” Kuru explained (via the New Zealand Herald). “I got back on, and he drew himself back into the race. He’s got plenty of ability.”
Trainer Mark Oulaghan said he lost hope when the De Jeu fell and was as astounded as anyone by the victory.
“We thought he wasn’t a bad sort of an animal but, after the first fence, I wasn’t giving him too much of a chance,” Oulaghan said. “I was amazed [Kuru] got back on, as I thought he was gone.”
Twitter users have helped make the video a viral hit.
This is truly what it means to get back on the horse.
h/t: The Washington Post