Date
22 September 2017
Alex Lai fell from his horse (inset) during a race at Sha Tin on Sunday, in the first accident in Hong Kong's current racing season. Photos: HKEJ, TVB News
Alex Lai fell from his horse (inset) during a race at Sha Tin on Sunday, in the first accident in Hong Kong's current racing season. Photos: HKEJ, TVB News

Jockey injured after falling from horse during Sha Tin race

A local jockey is undergoing treatment in a hospital after he suffered an accident during a horse-racing event in Sha Tin on Sunday.

Alex Lai Hoi-wing, 33, fell from his horse during an event at the Sha Tin Racecourse, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The accident took place in the afternoon during the ninth 1,200-meter race of class 3 on a turf track, when Lai was on his horse called G-One Lover, with draw number 11.

After Lai completed half of the distance and was about to go on a straight path after making a turn, his horse suddenly lost its footing and lurched down, making Lai lose balance, according to news website hk01.com.

The jockey was thrown off his saddle, sending him crashing to the ground.

Lai lost his consciousness for a while, but soon recovered. He told medical personnel who rushed to him that he was feeling pain near his back and waist.

He was immediately sent to the Prince of Wales Hospital for treatment.

Sunday’s incident marked the first instance of a jockey falling off his horse since the 2017-2018 racing season began early this month. 

In 2004, Lai rode his first Hong Kong winner. As of the beginning of the 2017/18 racing season, he had secured 273 Hong Kong career wins, according to information from the Jockey Club website.

Lai’s trainer is Danny Shum Chap-shing.

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