HARTLEPOOL jockey Tony Hamilton spoke to SportMail last week about his winning ride in the showcase Lincoln Handicap and his hopes for the season ahead.
Here, in the second part of our exclusive feature, he chats to the Mail’s chief sports writer CRAIG HOPE about the flip side of the Sport of Kings.
IT was a chance ride, but one which was to prove a cruel turn of fate.
Tony Hamilton had only landed the mount of Flying Statesman because of an illness to Paul Hanagan, trainer Richard Fahey’s number-one stable rider.
But, within hours, Hamilton’s world was, quite literally, turned upside down.
Flying Statesman reared just before the off, tossing the startled jockey on to the turf.
Worse, though, was to follow, the gelding losing its balance before crashing down upon the helpless Hamilton.
“It was the worst pain I’ve ever felt and the worst pain I hopefully ever will.” he said.
Read Craig Hope’s full interview with Hamilton in today’s Sportmail.