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'I just fell off!' No conspiracy as contrite Cannon explains Plumpton mishap

Tom Cannon: blamed himself for being unseated
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Tom Cannon on Monday blamed himself for falling off an odds-on shot when leading in the climax to a race at Plumpton the day before.

The 26-year-old confessed it was "embarrassing" after coming off just before the second-last hurdle when his mount Jumping Jack momentarily jinked away from the obstacle before correcting himself.

“I’ve watched it back and it gets worse the more times I watch it,” admitted Cannon, who said in a mea culpa on his Twitter account that he had been guilty of “s*** riding”.

He continued: “He went to duck out and I expected him to crash through the rail. I took corrective action and braced myself but the horse straightened up and decided to jump it and I came off.” 

Chris Gordon, trainer of Jumping Jack, absolved Cannon of any blame, a view supported by Plumpton’s stewards, who concluded in their inquiry that the four-year-old had ducked left-handed on the approach to the hurdle, causing Cannon to become unbalanced and unseated. No action was taken.

Cannon said: “I’ve had people on social media saying I jumped off. But racing isn’t like a Dick Francis novel. I just made a mistake and there’s no point glossing over it. It’s just embarrassing.

“It’s probably worse for Chris [Gordon] and particularly the owners, who were there hoping to have a winner.”


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The incident in the 2m maiden event means Jumping Jack is still winless after nine attempts over hurdles, having finished second five times. Cannon said: “He chucked a race away himself at Kempton and now I’ve chucked one away for him.”

Cannon had to give up the rest of his rides when aggravating a back  injury in his fall.

The Guildford-based rider, who has racked up more than 150 wins and been top jockey at Fontwell twice, said: “I got injured at Kempton and was in agony afterwards. I could barely get out of bed. I got myself back for Plumpton but I probably need another few days now to get myself fighting fit again.”


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