Phillip Makin is facing a spell out of racing after his partner confirmed that he broke a bone in his neck in a fall at Redcar. The jockey was on course for victory on board the Simon Crisford-trained Eyecatcher in the Market Cross Jewellers Handicap on Saturday evening when his mount suffered a broken leg and the pair fell to the ground inside the final furlong.
The horse was fatally injured, while Mackin, who was initially knocked out in the fall, was then taken by ambulance to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough accompanied by the course doctor.
Makin’s partner Sammy Jo Bell later tweeted: “Finally home after nine hours in A&E with Phil Makin, he is very sore and has a broken bone in his neck, but it’s stable and in a brace for a few weeks to then be re-assessed.”
The jockey then took to Twitter on Sunday morning and said: “Thanks to everyone for messages and well wishes..bloody sore this morning but I’ll live..cost Eyecatcher his life unfortunately, thoughts with @crisfordracing ..also thanks to the medical team who helped me.”