Date
11 December 2018
Mok (inset) is said to have had cerebral hemorrhage after he was thrown off a racehorse and suffered a head knock in an accident at Sha Tin Racecourse. Photos: HKEJ, Internet
Mok (inset) is said to have had cerebral hemorrhage after he was thrown off a racehorse and suffered a head knock in an accident at Sha Tin Racecourse. Photos: HKEJ, Internet

Exercise rider critical after falling off horse at racecourse

An exercise rider is battling for his life in a hospital after a terrible accident during a training run at the Sha Tin Racecourse early Tuesday. 

The victim, a 39-year-old surnamed Mok, fell off a horse as he was taking the animal for a morning workout and practice session in a paddock at the racecourse, according to reports.

In the accident that took place at around 6 am, Mok was thrown off a racehorse and suffered a kick from the animal, resulting in serious head injury.

He was rushed to Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin after being found unconscious.

As of now, the victim remains in a critical condition, with doctors finding that he had suffered cerebral hemorrhage.

According to the Hong Kong Economic Journal, Mok was from a stable run by famous champion horse trainer Caspar Fownes. 

The son of a veteran stable staffer, Mok had been a member of the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s 16th class of Trainee Apprentice Jockeys.

He used to work for a stable owned by horse trainer Derek Cruz before taking up his current job at a facility operated by Fownes.

Two of Mok’s classmates, one person surnamed Kan and the other Cheng, died from falling off horses in the past. Those fatal accidents took place in March 1999 and September 2000.

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