- He was ‘kicked in the back’ by a racehorse after falling at Becher’s Brook
- Screens went up around him as he lay motionless on the ground on Saturday
- The 21-year-old was released after treatment and rode a winner at Plumpton
The screens went up around him during the Grand National as he lay motionless on the ground, and millions watched on as the race was then diverted to avoid him.
But less than 24 hours after being ‘kicked in the back’ by a racehorse after falling at Becher’s Brook and being carried away on a spinal board, young jockey Charlie Deutsch was back racing.
The 21-year-old’s return to the saddle might have defied all logic and expectation, but it proved to be the right one, as he rode a winner at Plumpton and finished placed on his two other rides.
Jockey Charlie Deutsch was ‘kicked in the back’ by a racehorse after falling at Becher’s Brook
He told Sportsmail: ‘I really didn’t think riding on Sunday was on the table. But it is all a mental game really, and there is a fear of missing a winner.
‘I had three good rides and thought any one of them could win, but I just couldn’t bear sitting at home watching someone else win on them.
‘That overrides the pain. Every winner can open a door to an opportunity, you have got to just get up and go.
‘Every jump jockey is the same, we’re all just looking for opportunities.’ Describing what happened after he fell from Houblon Des Obeaux, he said: ‘Obviously my horse fell, and I thought I was absolutely fine. But then the horse behind kicked me in the back and I couldn’t get up.
‘I think it must have hit the muscle or something and I just couldn’t sit up.
‘All the medical people came round and because I couldn’t get up they put me on a spinal board in case it was my back.
‘By the time we had driven back to the weighing room I managed to walk from the ambulance.
‘I was in quite a lot of pain, and I just wanted to get home and go to bed.’ Deutsch, a conditional jockey, mostly rides for Grand National-winning trainer Venetia Williams, who trains Houblon Des Obeaux.