IT had to be seen to be believed.
As shown on Sky Racing this morning, New Zealand jockey Aaran Kuru produced one of the most remarkable recoveries ever seen on a racetrack after falling from his mount, Des De Jeu – before going on to win the race.
The acrobatics wouldn’t have been out of place in a circus.
For all the world it looked as if Kuru and his partner were down and out after the five-year-old made a shocking mistake at the first fence at Awapuni racecourse, sending the pair flying to the floor.
However, in an astonishing display of horsemanship, Kuru managed to regain control of his mount and jumped back on board.
The trickery was complete when Des De Jeu found a burst of speed in the final furlong to run down the leader in a contest that could only have been conceived in the wildest of imaginations.
Afterwards, the winning rider was understandably ecstatic and told the New Zealand Racing Desk:
“It was his first start over the fences and he probably landed a bit steep and just went down.
“I don’t really know and can’t explain it as it just sort of happened.
“I got back on and he drew himself back into the race. He’s got plenty of ability.”
Unlike in the UK, jockeys in New Zealand are allowed to remount if falling from their horse.
Video courtesy of Sky Racing (@skyracingAU)