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O.P. « 2020-Jan-03, 10:34 AM »

Ricky May Update
3 January 2020 , Media Release

Craig Wiggins, on behalf of the May family has expressed their thanks for the outpouring of concern from the harness racing community regarding Ricky May’s condition after the incident at the Omakau meeting yesterday.

“Ricky remains in Dunedin hospital and at this stage there is no confirmation regarding what caused Ricky to collapse.

Speculation regarding the cause is unhelpful and we respectfully ask that this ceases until more is known.

The May family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to all of those people who assisted Ricky yesterday.

We will provide a further update when we are in a position to do so and would appreciate the family now being given space and privacy to focus on Ricky’s recovery”.     

Ken Spicer, HRNZ Chair, who was on course at Omakau yesterday said, “We wish to sincerely thank all of those who provided assistance to Ricky yesterday. The reaction from all concerned was tremendous, starting with the actions of the other drivers in the race in averting any further incidents, through to all of those who were so quickly on hand to provide medical assistance to Ricky before he was transported to hospital by the Air Rescue service.

Our thoughts are with Ricky’s family and friends at this difficult time and I am sure all racing fans will join me in wishing Ricky well as he recovers”.


Harness driver suffers heart attack mid-race
By Damien Ractliffe
January 2, 2020 — 5.27pm
A champion harness driver in New Zealand is in a critical condition after suffering a heart attack mid-race at Omakau on Thursday.

Ricky May, one of New Zealand's leading drivers, while leading on favourite A G's White Socks in Thursday's Central Otago Cup, collapsed in the sulky during the race.

May then, unconciously, fell onto the track while the horse continued on, as medics and race officials rushed to help.

The star driver has been rushed to Dunedin Hospital by helicopter and is reported to be in a critical condition. The remainder of the meeting has been called off.

According to NZ Herald, May is the third most successful driver in New Zealand harness racing history with nearly 3000 race winners to his name, including seven New Zealand Trotting Cups.

Stewards report that the race was abandoned due to the incident...obviously the only option..hope he recovers. :thumbsup:

Giddy Up :beer: