- Jack Kennedy was thrown from his saddle after a rough landing at Clonmel
- The teenage jockey appeared destined to fall from Robin Des Mana but held on
- Kennedy staged a gravity-defying recovery before going on to claim victory
- He overcame 50-1 shot Kiera Royale to win by half a length on Thursday
Rising jockey star Jack Kennedy pulled off a gravity-defying recovery before going on to win at Clonmel on Thursday afternoon on Robin Des Mana.
The teenager was left hanging from one side of his mount after the fourth fence but pulled off a barely believable move to get back in the saddle.
Kennedy’s Gordon Elliott-trained mount was a 7-2 chance for the Clonmel Racecourse Supporters Club Only 90 Euros Beginners Chase and set out to make all the running in the two-mile contest.
Teenage jockey Jack Kennedy (second from left) was thrown out of his saddle on Thursday
Kennedy somehow managed to hold onto Robin Des Mana as the race continued around him
Kennedy (second from left) was thrown from the saddle after a rough landing at jump four
Robin Des Mana hits the barrier as Kennedy desperately tries to climb back onto his mount
The six-year-old jumped the first three fences safely enough, but pitched on landing after the fourth.
Remarkably, Kennedy kept his composure to keep the partnership intact.
Robin Des Mana had lost his position, but soon found his way back to the front and got the better of a late duel with 50-1 shot Kiera Royale to win by half a length.
Kennedy almost topples over the side of his horse as the race continues at Clonmel
Kennedy managed to climb back onto Robin Des Mana and continue towards the finish line
Robin Des Mana gets away from 50-1 shot Kiera Royale after Kennedy’s impressive recovery
Kennedy and Robin Des Mana cross the line first for the most unlikely of victories on Thursday
Kennedy said: ‘I was a little bit embarrassed that I got thrown out of the saddle so I said I’d better try and stay on him!
‘I got shot out of the saddle, it was a silly little mistake and I thought I was gone but didn’t fancy getting galloped on.
‘I was lucky the railing was there as I’d have been gone out of the race and he kept straight and that was a big help.’