Jockey Lee Newman survived car crash and broken neck to beat Dettori in photo finish and win £250,000 prize in Bahrain
A JOCKEY who survived a head-on car crash and broken neck has denied Frankie Dettori a £250,000 first-place prize in a dramatic photo finish.
Legendary rider Dettori was beaten by Lee Newman on 20-1 shot Simsir in the Bahrain International Trophy.
Dettori was on board 7-2 favourite Global Giant, who had been trained all year especially for this race.
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But despite a late charge alongside Irish horse and 7-1 chance Sovereign, the front-running Simsir held on under a last-gasp challenge from the much more fancied rivals.
Offically, the result went to a photo.
And luckily it was much more conclusive than the shambles at Cheltenham last week, where it was too dark to really tell who had won.
Newman’s brilliant win capped off an incredible return to full fitness for the Scot.
In 2001 he survived a head-on car crash in which he sustained a broken ankle.
His weight then ballooned to 14st and he quit riding to become a bookmaker in Barbados.
Speaking of his battle then, Newman, 39, said: “It happened after I broke my ankle in a car crash.
“It was a single road with no road markers and we hit head-on going over a rise.
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