Bernard Fayd’Herbe was lucky to escape serious injury when Minnesota Dream took fright in the pens for the opening juvenile plate at Durbanville on Saturday.
Viewers, both on TV and at the racecourse, looked on in horror as the gelding repeatedly bounced himself from one side to the other, crashing violently against the metal framework, before Fayd’Herbe reached up to the stanchions above him and pulled himself clear of danger.
The jockey, who had arrived back from Dubai less than two hours before the race, was stood down on medical advice for one race after another before going off to hospital for x-rays with a suspected broken foot.
However he reported yesterday: “Fortunately there is nothing broken. I am badly bruised on both feet, my knee and my neck but it’s nothing serious. I will try to be back riding by Tuesday and, if not, I will be back by Friday.
“The damage happened when he went back and I got caught between the horse and the back gate. Then I hit my head on top of the gates when he flipped up. I managed to grab onto the top bar and pull myself up. I was lucky.”
Minnesota Dream somehow got his right front leg over the partition in the process and was withdrawn by the vet. However Joey Ramsden’s assistant Ricardo Sobotker said that the horse was OK afterwards. He has had his starting stall certificate withdrawn.
Eric Sands is to work Rainbow Bridge at Greyville for the first time next week as he prepares the Sun Met winner for his bid to achieve a lifetime’s ambition for new owner Mike Rattray in the Vodacom Durban July.
The four-year-old, who sweats buckets every time he goes into a float, travelled to Summerveld from Milnerton last Tuesday and took the journey surprisingly well. “I was pleased with how he travelled,” said Sands. “Anton Marcus has already cantered him at Summerveld, we show him the track next week and his first race there will be the Independent on Saturday Drill Hall on May 3.”
By Michael Clower