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Amazing photos show jockey’s spiralling head-first fall onto the turf after unruly horse unseats him at Exeter

JOCKEY Jonjo O’Neill Jr suffers a brutal head-first fall – but miraculously walks away unscathed.

O’Neill Jr might be having some stern words with dad Jonjo Snr after he put his jockey son on the temperamental Also Known As.

O’Neill Jr clings on for dear life but there’s only one way he’s going
The jockey clatters into the top of the hurdle
The horse bounds off as the rider spirals down to the ground
He bounces into the turf head-first in the spectacular unseating

The four-year-old gelding, who had finished second and first on his two previous runs, actually made it round safely in an incident-packed contest.

But it was at the last he decided enough was enough, sending O’Neill Jr spiralling to the floor in spectacular fashion.

The jockey looked to put his right arm out to break his fall as he twirled uncontrollably over the top of the hurdle.

But it was ultimately to no avail as it was his head that looked to make contact with the turf first.

Good job he was wearing a helmet.

Incredibly just three of the eight horses who started the race actually finished.

Harry Cobden was impressive on the Paul Nicholls-trained Outlaw Peter, one of a load of favs to go in on the day at 4-7.

But there was carnage in behind in the Class 3 Betway Novices’ Hurdle.

Geni De La Cour, a 40-1 outsider, was a faller.

Siruh Du Lac and Come On Paddy Mac were pulled up while Mr Mars Man, another huge longshot at 80-1, also unseated.


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