Jockey retires over blindness fears as he admits ‘I can’t see’ after horror eye injury that featured on A&E After Dark


JOCKEY Danny Cook has been pressured to retire after admitting, ‘I can not see’ following a stunning eye injury.

Cook, 38, wanted 60 stitches in his blood-spattered face after being whacked by horse Ravenhill Road in a fall at Market Rasen closing October, breaking his eye socket, nostril and cheekbone.

Cook was featured on Channel 5 present A&E After Dark following his horrific fall and kick to the eye
The jockey has been forced to retired aged 38 after admitting he has 'complete blackouts' with his vision
The jockey has been pressured to retired aged 38 after admitting he has ‘full blackouts’ alongside collectively together with his imaginative and prescient

The injury was featured on Channel 5’s A&E After Dark and the horseshoe print may in all probability be seen from his cheek spherical his eye and down his nostril.

Cheltenham Festival winner Cook says he suffers ‘full blackouts’ in his appropriate eye and that medical medical docs have now educated him his 20-year occupation is over as a outcomes of he merely can not see precisely when out on the monitor.

The jockey, famed for rides on prime jumps horses such as Definitly Red and up to date Cheltenham winner Vintage Clouds, educated the Racing Post: “The medical medical docs have talked in regards to the racing is over.

“I’ve been going back to see how things have progressed, but it’s not improved enough for me to ride at my best.

“When my head goes up contained in the horizontal place for driving, my eye merely will not be rotating enough to get the imaginative and prescient out and I get a whole blackout.

“When I rotate my eye to go horizontal, I merely lose imaginative and prescient and will’t see.

“Day to day my sight is okay attempting straight ahead, however as quickly as I lookup it goes a bit blurry.

“It was very close to being very nasty, but luckily I’ve still got my still vision and can live a relatively normal life.

“It’s solely a disgrace it is put an finish to my racing occupation ahead of I would want appreciated.


“It’s obviously gutting, especially around this time of year as you’re normally looking forward to the start of the new season.”

Cook says he will swap the whip for a shovel and be a part of his household’s landscaping enterprise as a option to make ends meet for now.

But the now ex-jockey – who educated SunSport loads of his therapy was delayed ensuing from Covid – says he hopes to return to racing in some performance contained in the close to future.

He added: “My household are all panorama gardeners so I’ll greater than possible go into that for a bit merely to get some cash in.

“I would like to get back into racing, but at the moment there’s a bit more money in the landscaping game just to tide me over until I get sorted.”

Cook was a winner at Cheltenham Festival during his time in the saddle but has been forced to retire
Cook was a winner at Cheltenham Festival all by his time contained in the saddle however has been pressured to retireCredit: PA


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