Jockey Jason Collett has walked away from a heavy fall at Randwick after his mount Prahaar looked set to win before veering to the outside rail.
The David Pfieffer-trained Prahaar was leading the Australian Turf Club Handicap (1000m) when she suddenly changed course approaching the winning post, unseating Collett.
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No other runner was involved in the incident and Collett was never in danger of being trampled after landing heavily.
The New Zealander was able to walk unassisted to an ambulance, where he complained of neck pain.
Collett was stood down for the remainder of Wednesday's midweek card.
Prahaar was holding eventual winner Swaffham Bulbeck at bay when she inexplicably headed to the outside rail.
Jason Collett has been assessed in the first aid room by the club doctor who has advised that he is not going to hospital.— Phillip O'Brien (@pobracing) February 7, 2018
He's suffering from general soreness in his neck region, however, he has walked unaided back to the jockeys room. He may require physio in the next few days.
And a new contender for racing’s worst beat of 2018 so far... brutal for punters but most importantly sounds like Jason Collett is gonna be ok. pic.twitter.com/5xUC3tW2b4— Michael Guerin (@GuerinSports) February 7, 2018
Jason Collett walks into the ambulance after a fall in race 3 at Randwick. Was complaining of neck pain. He’s off to be assessed and won’t ride for the rest of the meeting. pic.twitter.com/nV6GBlydHw— Matt Jones (@mattjonesy6) February 7, 2018
Winning jockey Brenton Avdulla took no satisfaction from the Hawkes Racing-trained gelding breaking his maiden at the third attempt.
"He had a good margin on me, he was probably half a length in front of me so it's a bit of an ill feeling for me," he said.
"I'm pretty close to Jason and it's not ideal when you see any rider go (off)."