By Jon Lees
Tom Scudamore has thanked Sam Twiston-Davies for the swift reaction that saved him from “a good old kicking” when he was caught underneath two horses when they came down in a race at Exeter on Tuesday.
A video clip of the extraordinary incident in which Twiston-Davies is shown dragging his fellow jockey away from the flailing horses has been viewed more than 160,000 times on Twitter.
Scudamore was aboard the David Pipe-trained Airton when the horse came down at the third-last flight of the meeting’s closing handicap hurdle, bringing down Just So Cool and his rider Twiston-Davies.
As soon as he hit the ground Twiston-Davies was straight back up on his feet and sprinted towards Scudamore to pull him clear of the tangled horses, who he then went back to help to get up.
It meant Scudamore was able to return to work at Chepstow today with both horses escaping without injury.
“Sam was very quick to have that awareness about him to do what he did and I am very grateful for that,” Scudamore said.
“It’s not just the fact he got me out, it was how quick he did it and then went to sit on the horse’s head to relax it because they were all tangled up in each others reins. That’s why they were panicking a bit and I was underneath the pair of them.
“The fence attendants were very quick as well. You couldn’t see it, but when Sam has got to the horse’s head, there was already someone on the other horse’s head keeping that one calm.
“It’s not the first time this has happened to me. Other jockeys have dragged people out. Bryan Cooper did it for Robbie Power when he was hung up and Felix de Giles and Ian Popham have done the same thing for me before.”
Scudamore said he was not at risk of being crushed, but could have been kicked by the panicking horses.
He added: “Airton has fallen, bringing the other down, and somehow they managed to become tangled in each others’ reins so they were trying to get themselves up and every time they did one would pull the other down.
“They were trying to kick out, trying to free themselves. Part of me was near Airton’s hind legs and another part of me was near the grey horse’s hind legs.
“I wouldn’t have got away as quickly if Sam wasn’t able to pull me away from under them. I am sure one of the fence attendants would have done so, but I would have been there a bit longer.
“Sam has definitely saved me from a good old kicking. The speed and awareness with which Sam did it and then got on the horse’s head was the most remarkable thing.”