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Horseman's Wild, Wild Win

Published: December 10, 2017 5:38 pm ET

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In what can only be described as one of the craziest trips you'll ever see, a horseman recently found himself upended, backward and nearly launched into the infield before he righted himself and won a horse race.

The ride in question took place this past Thursday (December 7) during a meet of National Hunt Races at Clonmel Racecourse in Ireland. Media outlets have been all over the story, with some referring to it as one of the wildest rides of all time.

Eighteen-year-old jockey Jack Kennedy was aboard 7-2 shot Robin Des Mana when his mount dislodged him after having cleared a jump.

In the replay below, Kennedy can be seen clinging backward on the side of his horse with only one boot in an iron.

In an effort to right himself, Kennedy was able to lay across Robin Des Mana's back as he tried to get himself back into riding position. The act left Kennedy on the verge of getting fired into the infield.

Kennedy was ultimately able to right himself on his mount, and later in the contest got his mount to dig in and fend off a rival foe in the 2:35 win.

"I just kind of got up underneath him, and he hit me up into the air and shot me out of the saddle," Kennedy said afterward.

"It was a little bit embarassing that I got thrown out of the saddle as it was, so I said, ' I better try my best to stay on him.'"

Kennedy went on to say, "I was kind of turned backwards -- I don't know how I held on to him, to be honest, but he stayed straight, so it was a big help."


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