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Saffie Osborne Suffers Heavy Fall at Windsor

Author: Clint Goodman
Published: Tuesday October 20, 2020

Saffie Osborne Suffers Heavy Fall at Windsor

Throughout the summer, the Royal Windsor hosts racing that usually takes place on Monday evenings. The most recent is the Autumn Afternoon Racing held on the 19th of October that led to an accident that sent Saffie Osborne to the hospital for scans.

The course is shaped in a figure eight manner and features straight tracks for five and six furlong races and tight bends for all races run over further.

Saffie Osborn, the daughter of former jump jockey and trainer Jamie Osborn, mounted the Alexandra Dunn's six-year-old gelding, Zeyzoun. The 7lb claimer was unshipped from the horse after Zeyzoun was clipped after about two furlongs as they approached the first bend. She was flung over the head of the horse that was moving at a speed of about 35m/h. This happened in division one of the Follow At The Races On Twitter Handicap.

Treatment was required immediately on the track before she was stabilized and taken to the hospital for further examination, leading to the delay of the final two races on the card for about twenty minutes as the incident raised a lot of concerns among racers and the Royal Windsor.

Marco Ghiani, the 5lb claimer who mounted Maykir was responsible for this accident. It has been brought to light that Marco tried to maneuver right-handedly towards the rain even as it was insufficiently clear. This action is what caused Zeyzoun to clips heels and unseat Saffie off her saddle. Immediately after, she was also galloped on by horses following in her part that was not quick enough to stop or steer clear of her.

An inquiry has been held by the stewards concerning Marco Ghiani. They concluded to suspend the 5lb claimer for 10 days as the official reason being "careless riding."

The racing community was extremely worried about the 18-year-old claimer as the fall was real bad. Sophie Candy, who is the Windsor clerk of the course, stated that she was, however, conscious on her way to the hospital. Information was hard to get when she left the track but the racing community has been assured that she was conscious and speaking as they headed to the hospital. There, further x-rays and investigation will determine the state that she is in and how much damage was caused.

Later in the evening, Jamie Osborne took to Twitter to announce that his daughter, Saffie, will be fine. His tweet reads: "With an immeasurable sense of relief I can report that @OsborneSaffie is going to be fine. Katie and I thank you all for your concern and kind words."

This announcement has made the racing community breathe a sigh of relief as everyone hoped for good news and a speedy recovery. Earlier in the card, Saffie was successful on the 11-year-old Pettochside for John Bridger. This success came at the Sky Sports Racing HD Virgin 535 Classified Claiming Stakes. This win was her ninth in which she gained most in recent weeks. Saturday, 17th of October, marked the first time she had ridden at the Champions Day.