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Mitchell Reese injured in horror harness fall

09:59 PM 03 Nov 2017 NZDT
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Mitchell Reese was injured in a nasty three-horse crash, harness racing
Mitchell Reese was injured in a nasty three-horse crash

Harness racing driver Mitchell Reese has suffered fractures to his lower back following a horror fall involving three horses at Penrith on Thursday night. 

The incident occurred on the turn for home when Reese's drive Hes My Mate, who had settled behind the leader, stumbled, causing a pile-up behind him. 

Reese was sent flying after getting hit in the back by Charlie James who then fell with driver Brooke Wilkins.

Mortenson, who was trailing the field, then went over the top of Hes My Mate, throwing Stephanie Lippiatt from the sulky. 

Race caller Fred Hastings said Reese was taken to Westmead Hospital with CT Scans revealing he had suffered some fractures to his lower back. 


Mitchell Reese transferred to Westmead, undergoing CT Scans and tests for pelvic injuries, in a deal of pain- updates courtesy of the family

He said Reese was still in a neck brace as a precautionary to rule out any injuries to the neck and surgery was not required at this stage. 

Remarkably both Wilkins and Lippiatt walked away unscathed from the incident and the early reports on the three horses were also positive. 

Mortenson sustained a laceration while Hes My Mate and Charlie James appeared to have escaped injury pending further vet checks. 


Reprinted with permission of The site



Video: Sky Racing
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