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Lyle – Fractured Hip And A Lucky Escape

Family and fans breathe a sigh of relief after accident

Just a week ago on Sunday 5 December, an ecstatic Lyle Hewitson teamed up with Douglas Whyte to register the first victory of his second Hong Kong stint aboard Valiant Elegance at Sha Tin.

On Sunday 12 December, he is in a Hong Kong hospital with a fractured hip, but very lucky to be alive.

Lyle Hewitson – family and fans relieved (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

Lyle was one of a quartet of jockeys that came down, when his mount Amazing Star was involved in an horrific fall just before the field entered the home straight in the HK$24 million Gr1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint.

Mauritian star Karis Teetan was the only member of the foursome to continue with his rides.

Australian Zac Purton and Japanese veteran Yuichi Fukunaga were also taken to hospital, but no news is yet known of their condition.

We have not yet been able to determine the fate of the horses that were involved in the accident.

Lyle’s Mom Samantha told the Sporting Post that Lyle’s partner Hannah is with him at the hospital. Samantha confirms that her son will stay in ICU for observation overnight as he also has small spots of bleeding on the brain.  He doesn’t recall what happened but feels very sad for the horses and the others that fell.

A three-time SA champion jockey, Hewitson’s accident will be a serious setback to his bid to prove to the Hong Kong public that he is so much better than his first campaign in Hong Kong in 2019, that produced only 3 winners from 251 rides.

But that is really academic now for his family and legion of fans, who will be thankful and relieved to hear that their favourite jockey has escaped relatively lightly with a fractured hip.

Lyle is likely to be out of action for eight weeks.

We wish him a speedy recovery.

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11 comments on “Lyle – Fractured Hip And A Lucky Escape

  1. Editor says:

    An update at 11h08:
    Lyle’s Mom Samantha told the Sporting Post that Lyle’s partner Hannah is with him at the hospital. Samantha confirms that her son will stay in ICU for observation overnight as he also has small spots of bleeding on the brain.  He doesn’t recall what happened but feels very sad for the horses and the others that fell.

  2. Avril Lerena says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with Lyle for a speedy recovery and strength to his loved ones ????????

  3. Keith sing says:

    wishing you a speedy recovery champ and asking the Lord for his healing hands over you

  4. Donald Bradshaw says:

    Race riding has got to be the most dangerous profession in the world , the fact of the profession is not if but when will a fall will occur and severity of the fall when it does occur ?

    That fact must be a tremendous strain on all race riders and their families !

    I would be very surprised to hear that any jockey who has ridden on a regular basis for ten years or more has not experienced at least one fall in that period.

    Wish Lyle a speedy and full recovery !

  5. Chubez says:

    Get well soon ..u are amazing jockey

  6. Brian Fredericks says:

    Prayers to all jockeys involved and a speedy recovery to all of them

  7. Leonie says:

    Get well soon.. Hes young and tough as nails. Bones can heal.. ????

  8. Logan says:

    I was watching the race and just prayed for all the jockeys to be safe. Thank God all are stable I hospital and wish them all a speedy recovery .

  9. Steven Chan says:

    Wishing him a speedy recovery.

  10. Viv Naidoo says:

    I sincerely wish all the Jockeys involved a speedy recovery.
    I pray we the betting public and any of their families don’t have to live the Horror of what happened to Mr. Nooresh Juglal ( may his soul rest in peace).

    It’s sad when these freak accidents happen and we hear the curses of the betting public say ” he got what he deserves for the all the horses they pull and we doing our cash”.
    I myself in all honesty have a mixed feel on this issue but conclude that Jockeys are humans, they have families and as long as they go out there trying we must all remember this!

    Get well all injured Jockeys.

  11. Shane Kisten says:

    Get well soon

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