The greatest ride ever? Jockey Jack Kennedy performs astonishing acrobatics to pull off miraculous victory

Callum Davis
The greatest ride ever? Jockey Jack Kennedy performs astonishing acrobatics to pull off miraculous victory 

Irish jockey Jack Kennedy produced one of the most miraculous rides the sport of horse racing has ever seen by winning the 14:35 at Clonmel after being thrown off earlier in the race.

Kennedy, 18, was riding Gordon Elliot-trained horse Robin Des Mana when the 6-year-old gelding landed awkwardly after taking a routine fence, throwing the highly-regarded jockey out of the saddle.

The Kerry teenager was left desperately clinging on as Robin Des Mana continued to race.

Kennedy somehow managed to avoid falling from the gelding before clambering back onto the saddle and resuming his ride.

Incredibly, Kennedy managed to weave his way to the front before seeing off the challenge of 50-1 shot Kiera Royale.

"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!" said Kennedy after the race.

"It was a silly little mistake and I didn’t really fancy getting galloped on so I did my best to stay on him and thankfully I did. I was lucky the railing was there because I would have been out of the race if it wasn’t.

"I actually thought that I was going to get on the run-in after all of that. He got in close to the last and I could see the other horse coming to me, but he pulled out a little bit extra."

Kennedy pulled off a similar feat earlier this year when he managed to stay on his horse named  Bilko during a race at Thurles. 

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