Jockey Sam Thomas in hospital following Exeter fall
Jockey Sam Thomas has been taken to hospital for precautionary X-rays on his chest after a bad fall from his mount at Exeter races this afternoon.
Thomas fell at the first fence aboard The Prime Viper in the opening British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Mares' "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle. The race was eventually won by Kim Tian Road.
Exeter clerk of the course Barry Johnson said that Thomas was sat up and talking in the medical room and it is understood he has been taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.
The feature of today's six-race card was the Higos Insurance Devon National, raced over a gruelling 3m 6 furlongs, which was won by The Clyda Rover at odds of 22/1. Sea Saffron, trained locally by Sue Gardner and tipped up by the Express and Echo this morning, came in second at 10/1.
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The day's other winners were Tolkeins Tango, De La Bech, Southfield Theatre and Chilbury Hill.
Race-goers were also set for a special treat with David Pipe's grey Grands Crus taking part in a racecourse gallop after the action before connections decide whether he will go to the Cheltenham festival and in which race.