Jockey Airlifted To Hospital After Horrific Fall Watches His Favorite Horse Win
Michaela Tallett, who was injured at the Larkhill races on Sunday, looks after the horse Salvatore. The nine-year-old beat Cheltenham Festival winner Porlock Bay in Bangor
A jockey airlifted to hospital after a horrific fall saw his favorite horse take a surprise victory.
Michaela Tallett, who has been receiving medical treatment since Sunday’s point-to-point crash, watched Salvatore gallop to success in Bangor.
The 14-1 shot looked set to defeat Cheltenham Festival winners Porlock Bay but exceeded expectations.
With jockey Darren Andrews in the saddle, Salvatore overtook the 2021 The Hunters’ Chase hero, who was kicked out of the 4-9 favorite.
Tallett, injured in the fall of Larkhill from Champagne Lilly at the weekend, is the head groom for Salvatore trainer Phil Rowley.
Luke Harvey, presenting on the course for Sky Sports Racing, told viewers the result would give the young rider a much-needed boost.
“Michaela Tallett who looks after Salvatore, she had a terrible fall at Larkhill on Sunday and was airlifted off the course,” he said.
“The good news is that although she is still in hospital she will be fine, but Salvatore is really the apple of her eye and I know she watched Sky Sports Racing on TV in hospital so it will mean a lot to her.
“I was just talking to the lady driving it and she was absolutely thrilled.”
John Perry, visiting Tallett at the time of the race, said on Facebook: “We show up to see Michaela and what is she doing? Watching the horse races and Salvatore winning! That must bode well.”
Salvatore, a prolific point-to-point winner, was two and a quarter lengths ahead of the line.
In the past, the hunter has been ridden by Will Biddick, who on this occasion was aboard the second.
This left relations looking for a jockey and Andrews took his chance by contacting Rowley.
“I knew Will was riding Porlock Bay and on the off chance I called Phil on Tuesday morning,” he said.
“He did very well today. His last few runs around Larkhill were a bit below his standards.”
Earlier this week, Tallett’s family provided an update on his well-being in a Facebook post.
The race at Larkhill, near Salisbury, was delayed for the arrival of the air ambulance which then flew to Southampton General Hospital.
Tuesday’s social media post said: “After a very tense 24-36 hours she has started to wake up and hopefully is now out of danger.
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“We would like to say a big thank you to the St Johns Ambulance, Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and Southampton General Hospital service.
“Rowley Racing, thank you for being there for us and your huge gestures of kindness and to everyone else, who has asked after Michaela, we really appreciate her and hope this message can put your mind at ease as she is fine!”