Jockey Jack Kennedy defies gravity before winning in Clonmel

Jockey Jack Kennedy defies gravity before winning in Clonmel

Irish jockey Jack Kennedy's 15 minutes of fame will follow a few clutch seconds in the irons - or, really, just one iron, as he clung to his mount, Robin Des Mana, and went on to win a race Thursday at Clonmel Racecourse.

With Kennedy seemingly destined for a fall, Robin Des Mana got out to £390 in the run on Betfair.

The six-year-old jumped the first three fences safely enough, but pitched on landing after the fourth and his race appeared to be over when Kennedy slid out of the saddle and was left clinging on.

Kennedy somehow managed to avoid falling from the gelding before clambering back onto the saddle and resuming his ride.

Kennedy recovered to pull off an unthinkable win.

"I got shot out of the saddle, it was a silly little mistake and I thought I was gone but didn't fancy getting galloped on".

'I was lucky the railing was there as I'd have been gone out of the race and he kept straight and that was a big help'.

In what's being called "The Miracle of Clonmel", the horse then fought through the field to hit the lead two fences from home, eventually winning by a nose, with Kennedy completing one of the most extraordinary comebacks you'll ever see.