Champion Apprentice Jockey Jason Watson yesterday at Kempton was stretchered off the track after suffering a horrific fall in the one mile Handicap race that saw just four runners turn into three early on in the race.
The 18 year old jockey was on board the Jeremy Noseda trained Teresita Alvarez and within the first 100 yards of the race he clipped heels with another horse and fell towards the Polytrack surface with Watson going with him.
The young aspiring jockey has been tipped to one day become the British Flat Championship Jockey and off the back of a superb 2018 where he rode 110 winners, he is going down the right path.
Thankfully for the rider after the fall he was seen kneeling up within seconds of the dismount but laid down again and looked to be in some pain. The ambulance and paramedics immediately headed towards the youngster to help him.
A long and lengthy 10 minutes had passed before the jockey eventually was stretchered away from the course and he was taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting where he has been receiving treatment.
The teenager was revealed to be speaking to doctors and conscious at the hospital and was able to move both his legs and arms freely which is great news for him and the sport.
Watson's helmet was left on the track and a worker on the course bought it back and reported it to have a huge rip from back to front coming from the impact of the fall.