Mikey Sweeney produced a gravity-defying, and eventually winning ride aboard Ask Heather at the Killeagh point-to-point meeting in Boulta, County Cork, on Sunday.
Sweeney came to the last fence just after taking the lead aboard Declan Queally’s runner but what happened next will live long in his memory and those of people who witnessed it.
Ask Heather took off a little too early at the fence and ploughed into it, throwing Sweeney into the air and seemingly on his way to what would have been a nasty fall.
But somehow, showing off impressive core strength, Sweeney was able to grab hold of the reins, cling on to Ask Heather’s neck and spin his way back into the saddle.
And with the mare’s chief rival Whatdastory proving less than resolute on the run to the line, Sweeney’s acrobatics would also end in victory as Ask Heather regained her stride and stormed past the post first.
Speaking to The Guardian after the incredible recovery, Queally said: “He’s a great young fella, turned 20 last week, works hard.
“To do that when you’ve got [leading Irish point-to-point rider] Derek O’Connor breathing down your neck … On the flip side, he got unseated two races later, but we’re not complaining.”