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Derwin escapes serious injury

Mark Gillard has described Gary Derwin as a "very lucky boy" after the jockey returned relatively unscathed from a nasty fall at Newton Abbot.

Derwin was partnering Gillard's No No Cardinal in the Follow NewtonAbbotRace On Twitter Handicap Chase when he came to grief at the final fence and looked to get a kick on the head from the oncoming Islandmagee, who unseated his rider Conor Ring.

Derwin remained on the track for some time and was taken to Torbay Hospital, but Gillard is delighted to report he has not suffered any serious injuries.

Gillard said: "He's got a large haemotoma on his head, but he has no broken bones, which is fantastic news.

"He's obviously not racing today, but after watching the replay again, I think he's been a very lucky boy.

"The horse coming by him trod on his head and the guys in the ambulance said they'd never seen a crash hat so badly damaged.

"His silks were also completely torn to shreds, so he's been very lucky."