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A jockey who suffered a shattered hip and serious head injuries when his horse fell during a race in 2006 has received compensation.
Philip Hide, 39, a successful jockey with over 400 wins to his name, fell off his horse Hatch a Plan during the Letheby and Christopher Novice Handicap Hurdle at Prestbury Park in November 2006.
Mr Hide, who is now a trainer at Cissbury Stables, had to be put in a medically induced coma after the incident so that doctors could rebuild his left hip, which had been almost completely shattered after he hit a railing on his way down to the ground in his fall.
The ex-jockey, who retired after a brief comeback left him needing more reconstructive surgery, was told by doctors that he would probably require multiple hip replacements in his life because of the seriousness of the initial incident.
Mr Hide sued Jockey Club Racecourses after the accident but, after the original case was dismissed, appeal court judges have now reversed the earlier decision and awarded the trainer £58,000 to cover lost earnings as well as physical and mental anguish.
Investigators found there was not enough padding on the railings to prevent a serious accident.
A lawyer representing Mr Hide, said: "Quite simply, these fall accident injuries were manifestly foreseeable. If you are travelling at that sort of speed, 25 or 30 mph you are going to get injured. There was no need for this hurdle to be where it was."
The racecourse's spokesman Andy Clifton said, "We are disappointed with the judgement. We will be discussing the implications of the ruling with our legal team."
Mr Clifton went on to call the way in which Mr Hide fell "bizarre", with few other cases such as this available on record at the course in more than 20 years.
It is thought the overturning of the earlier ruling means that many other jockeys who were hurt in similar accidents could now be able to claim compensation.
Posted by Francesca Witney
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