Chris Meehan faces at least two months on the sideline due to injury
By Mark Scully 7:00PM 4 JUL 2016
IT SOUNDS like a plot idea for a slapstick sitcom, but jockey Chris Meehan was not laughing on Sunday when the ambulance coming to his aid after he was kicked in the face by a horse ran over his leg and broke it.
Meehan, who was nearing the end of a summer stint in Italy, was riding in a hurdle race at Merano when he was unshipped by his mount and subsequently kicked in the face.
The blow initially knocked Meehan out, broke his nose and left a gash in his jaw requiring 27 stitches.
“The starter came over to help me because I was on my back and choking on my blood,” Meehan explained. “He put me in the recovery position, with my right leg out straight.
“As if that wasn’t bad enough, the racecourse ambulance came up alongside us and reversed up onto my leg. They stopped it on top of my leg so I started screaming; it broke it straight away.
“Everyone around me had to push it off me. You have to laugh really.”
Father trains ambulance drivers
Meehan, who will return to Ireland tomorrow for surgery on both his leg and face, can see the funny side and added: “What makes it worse is my father, brother, auntie, they’re all ambulance people!
“My father actually teaches most people in Northern Ireland and England how to drive the ambulance! It’s bizarre, you couldn’t make it up.”
Meehan recently took out his licence again and is planning a return to jumping following a stint on the Flat.
He faces at least two months on the sidelines, however, before those plans can be resumed.