Jockey Raul da Silva appears to have escaped serious injury following a nasty incident at Redcar.
Da Silva was due to ride the Geoff Oldroyd-trained newcomer Bon Empire in the six-furlong maiden at the Tees Valley circuit, but was kicked in the stomach by his intended mount in the parade ring.
The rider was taken to James Cook University Hospital for precautionary checks, but his agent, Andrew Lewis, believes he has suffered only minor injuries.
Lewis said: "I believe he was kicked just as he was about to get on board, but I've spoken to Geoff Oldroyd and he tells me Raul is basically fine.
"I think he's quite badly bruised, but his injuries aren't bad and he has just been taken to hospital to make sure there's no internal bleeding."
There was further drama as Rob Fitzpatrick fell after passing the post in front aboard Dancing Juice in the concluding five-furlong handicap.
The apprentice was attended to by racecourse doctors, but walked away unscathed.