De Melo in recovery

PUBLISHED: 17 September 2019

Keagan De Melo (Candiese Marnewick)

Keagan de Melo is relatively well after a nasty fall at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Sunday and this news will bring relief to many round the country who had cause to be anxious after viewing the incident live on Tellytrack. .

He said, “I am very sore but nothing is broken or fractured. However, I still have pain in my right shoulder so am going to get a second opinion.”

He is also undergoing concussion tests.

After the initial diagnosis he expected to be back after two weeks but this now depends on the outcome of further tests.

His Mount Silent Crusade appeared to falter and jump for no apparent reason, throwing the talented young rider out the side door.

De Melo fell heavily on his right shoulder and back and was then run over by another horse, although fortunately he was not trodden on.

He remained conscious throughout the incident and afterwards.

He had been in good form and his ten winners for the season have come at a strike rate of 11,76%.

Keagan’s ride on African Warrior in the Umkhomazi Stakes on Gold Cup day was voted the ride of the Champions Season by the racing public. 

By David Thiselton