Hawke: Hereford incident has been totally blown out of proportion
Trainer Nigel Hawke on Friday said the way conditional jockey Ciaran Gethings was unseated from one of his runners at Hereford this week has been blown out of proportion and he has no concerns about it.
Gethings' parting from 25-1 shot Deckers Delight at the third-last obstacle of a long-distance handicap hurdle, when the pair were sitting in fifth place, on Wednesday provoked plentiful discussion on social media.
The mare made a mistake at the hurdle, from which she and Gethings recovered only for the rider to then come off a stride later, despite having seemed to have regained his position in the saddle.
There was no stewards' inquiry into the incident and Gethings has declined to comment while Hawke, who won the Grand National as a jockey, has been away.
Hawke said: "I wasn't there but I don't think there was any issue at all to be quite honest. I had my man there and he said it was unfortunate and one of those things, but to be fair the horse wasn't a 1-2 favourite, she was 25-1. These things happen.
"I haven't had a chance to speak to Ciaran but I think he's quite upset by everything that has happened, as any young lad would be. At the end of the day I'm the trainer and I'm not too worried so I don't see it's a problem at all. I think it has been totally blown out of proportion. I can't see an issue.
"I've been out of the country the last few days but I have heard nothing at all from the BHA. There is no news on this one so far as I'm concerned."