OISIN MURPHY will be back racing less than 24 hours after being discharged from hospital.
The champion jockey, 26, needed stitches on his lip and face following a terrifying pre-race incident at Salisbury on Thursday.
Murphy was thrown through a solid rail after his horse Oasis Gift bolted off in the paddock.
Emergency services rushed to Murphy’s aide as his shocked fellow jockeys watched on in horror.
Fortunately the horse was caught soon after and was unhurt, with Murphy conscious throughout.
His injuries were not enough to force him off his rides at Ascot on Friday – and he is well enough to race in the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Sunday.
Murphy said in his sportinglife.com column: “You might have seen the dramatic scenes at Salisbury before the opener on Thursday where I was thrown off Oasis Gift in the paddock before her debut in the novice stakes.
“Remarkably her dam, Siren’s Gift, did something similar before she was due to run at Bath 15 years ago, and this is the last thing a jockey needs days ahead of a race like the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
“Thankfully the horse is OK and so am I. I’ve had some stitches in my lip and it’s a little sore, but I was very well looked after both at the races and at the hospital so thanks to all the medical staff who helped me.”
Murphy also tweeted on Thursday: “Thanks to all the medical staff @salisburyraces + the hospital @NHSEnglandLDN.
“I’ve had a few stitches to my lip + face. I’ve been discharged already.
“Very grateful to their work and all the kind messages.”
Murphy is booked for four rides at Ascot on Friday, with 8-1 Nell The Thief looking his best chance of victory.
The jockey then travels to Newmarket on Saturday before heading to Longchamp for the ride on Chrono Genesis in the £4.3million Arc.
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