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Cape Apprentice Injured

Caesura clipped heels

The Western Cape Stipendiary board are satisfied that no rider could be held responsible for an incident in the final race at Kenilworth on Saturday that led to apprentice Louis Burke falling heavily from his mount Caesura in the final stages of the race.

The incident comes just a  fortnight after  fellow apprentice Liam Tarentaal was injured.

Injured – Louis Burke will be out of action for a while (Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

Burke’s ride clipped the heels of Devin Ashby’s mount Icon King and the young rider fell under an oncoming horse, who then ran over him.

It is reported that he has sustained a broken left shoulder, broken nose and concussion. His CT scan for brain and neck injuries are clear.

He is, however, in a stable condition at the moment and might have an operation on his shoulder on Wednesday.

Louis thanked all trainers, owners and jockeys for their wonderful caring messages and phone calls since his admission.

It is not known how long he will be out of action.

The Stipes reported:

Approaching the 100m CAESURA (*L Burke), which was hanging out eased and then clipped the heels of ICON KING (D Ashby), which had rolled in slightly away from ROCKIN’ RINGO (G Behr) and was immediately straightened, stumbled badly and dislodged the rider. THE PERFECT WAVE (M J Byleveld), which was following was checked and switched outwards to avoid the fallen rider. Thereafter PURPLE MOUNTAINS (O Noach) was switched out sharply when attempting to avoid the fallen rider. After reviewing the video evidence the Board was satisfied that no rider could be held responsible for this incident.

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6 comments on “Cape Apprentice Injured

  1. Michael says:

    It looked horrific, very glad that he is ok. In the finish, at that speed, everybody putting In a run, it was quite traumatic to watch. I was right there on the grandstand. Thanking God that he is ok.

  2. Bobby says:

    Strongs Louis hope you get better soon

  3. Taylor says:

    Respectfully I disagree with the official Stipes report as Caesura wasn’t hanging in as reported. Icon King came off the rail and the running was taken up by Prince Oracy. The gap opened and the youngster came off the rail and went into the gap. Then Rocking Ringo came onto Icon King and Icon king came into the gap taken by the youngster. He had no where to go, clipped heels and came down. The way the report is written exonerates the qualified Jocks and almost puts blame on the apprentice. While this may be a horse racing accident and no blame is apportioned this is not a true reflection and the report should not be skewed to disfavor the apprentice. The Stipes need to review this properly before just putting it out there. The public also did not see the head on of the race which would show who shifted on who in the final run to the line. I’m very grateful that the youngster is relatively okay considering the way he came down.

  4. Bob Kistnasamy says:

    Speedy recovery to one of our up and coming riders.
    Perhaps, we should get some insight and footage on the video (including the head on view) on the Goodman show.
    I cannot foresee the stipes amending their report.

  5. Steve Reid says:

    Brendon love your work. I must however disagree on the point that the stipes should not announce a race review. When this announcement is made, punters hold onto their tickets and don’t discard until the result is known, and assists in explaining the inevitable delay in announcing the “all-clear”.

    Insofar as the reluctance of stipes to object go as per your third point, this has been covered previously at an NHA AGM. It seems that the NHA are far more comfortable getting the guilty parties to sign an admission of guilt. This apparently safeguards the image of racing from a public perspective. I kid you not.

  6. Danel Heymans says:

    Get well soon. We will be waiting for you, your horse friends and the trainers and the couches will be also waiting. Extra blanket to make sure the cold does nothing bad. Only get well doctors and nurses are good and they are kind people

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