Watch the Incredible Moment a Jockey Falls Off His Horse and STILL Wins The Race
You’ve never seen anything quite like this.
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.
One of the most extraordinary wins you will ever see on a racetrack. Jockey @AaronKuru comes off his horse, Des De Jeu, at the first jump only to remount and go and win!@SKYNZ #NZRacing pic.twitter.com/gjrliJF0Wk
— TAB Racing (@TAB_Racing) June 16, 2018
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.
Amazing, never missed a beat just got back on with the job 🏇👏
— Kate Goodrich 💭🏇💞🧁 (@kategoodrich) June 16, 2018
Wow , what a horse & well done to the jockey , riding at its best.
— Mark (@withole40) June 16, 2018
Skill…Luck…Determination…defined in that moment…tremendous footage!
— William F Mele Jr (@bill_mele) June 17, 2018
This is the best ever 👍
— Tony Maclean (@BigT1) June 16, 2018
This is truly what it means to get back on the horse.
h/t: The Washington Post