Three jockeys spent last night in hospital following a horrific five-rider fall at Sha Tin.
South African Glyn Schofield injured an arm, Australian Brett Prebble sustained suspected soft tissue damage to his right shoulder and Simon Yim Hin-keung was experiencing pain in his neck after a multiple crash at the 700-metres mark of the sixth race when Prebble's mount, River Centaine, appeared to clip the heels of outsider Healthy Fruits and plunged to the ground.
The greatest fears initially were for Prebble and Yim, who were taken by ambulance to Prince of Wales Hospital to be X-rayed after a preliminary assessment diagnosed Prebble with a right shoulder injury and Yim with a neck injury.
Schofield reported feeling no injury after the fall but he and apprentice Thomas Yeung Kai-tong were subsequently examined by the club doctor, stood down from their remaining rides and taken to Prince of Wales Hospital, where it was later established Schofield had injured his left arm.
Yeung was discharged but the other three riders were transferred to another hospital to be kept overnight. 'At this stage, the diagnoses are preliminary and we will know more tomorrow,' said a Jockey Club spokesperson.
'Simon Yim was X-rayed and kept for observation and Brett Prebble's injuries are not as serious as first thought and may only be a strained shoulder muscle. Schofield's condition appears the most serious.'
Schofield, Yeung and Felix Coetzee walked back to the jockeys' room, mud-spattered and dazed after the spectacular incident, as Schofield quipped: 'I'm glad there's been all this rain, at least the landing was a bit softer.' Only Coetzee was passed fit to complete his rides.
The John Size-trained River Centaine was travelling in fourth place at the time and Lucky Paradise (Coetzee), My Fortune (Schofield) and Lifeline Express (Yeung) came over the top of the stricken Prebble and his mount.
Yim's mount Kimberley Mines missed the fallen horses but caught the domino effect as other horses avoided the trouble and swung quickly to his left, dislodging Yim.