Jockey Gina Andrews rushed to hospital after suffering a sickening fall before being kicked in the FACE by a horse at Cheltenham… but family confirm she is ‘moving and talking’
- An amateur jockey has been taken to hospital after she was kicked in the face by a horse during a race at Cheltenham
- Gina Andrews fell in the 12.40 Catesby Handicap Hurdle on Friday afternoon
- Gian’s sister, Bridget, confirmed she was conscious and is ‘moving and talking’
Gina Andrews was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital for further assessment following a crunching fall from Haafapiece in the Catesby Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Pam Sly’s seven-year-old still held every chance and was just about in front when coming down at the final flight.
The amateur jockey’s sister, Bridget, confirmed that she was ‘moving and talking’ while on her way to hospital on Friday.
Jockey Gina Andrews has been taken to hospital after she was kicked in the face by a horse
Andrews fell at the last hurdle before being caught in the face by a following horse
The jockey lays on the ground by her horse, Haafapiece, after falling at the final hurdle
Andrews was leading in the 2m 1f race over hurdles before Haafapiece’s legs went from underneath it after the last, while almost bringing other riders down with it.
Andrews was then caught in the face by a hoof from Fergus Gillard, who did well to stay up during the incident.
Haafapiece, who is owned by Tilly Coles, walked away from his fall.
A statement from the racecourse read: ‘Following a fall in the Catebsy Handicap Hurdle on board Haafapiece, jockey Gina Andrews was immediately attended to by the on-course medical team.
Gina Andrews (pictured on Domesday Book in 2017) celebrates winning the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase at Cheltenham Festival
The amateur jockey has been riding since 2016 and has a total of £188,947 in career earnings
‘She is conscious and has now been transported to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Further information will be provided by the hospital or parties nominated on her behalf.
‘The racecourse team would like to express our best wishes to Gina and our thoughts are with her and her family.’
ITV Racing presenter Mick Fitzgerald said: ‘I’m just really pleased to hear she’s conscious because it really did look bad.
‘Fingers crossed and best wishes to her.’
Commentator Richard Hoiles said: ‘She is conscious, hopefully all is well.
Andrews collects the Skinner’s women’s title for the sixth time at the 2019 Point to Point National Awards ceremony
‘These days the medical attention is excellent and there are lots of precautions so you shouldn’t read too much into the fact she was stretchered off.
‘They just wanted to stabilise her and hopefully when she gets to hospital all the news will be good.
‘Fingers crossed. It was a really, really nasty fall.’
Andrews, who has a total career earnings of £188,947, has been riding for five years and has won 20 of her 128 races to date.