Beau Mertens involved in serious Caulfield fall on Orient Line

Orient Line
Orient Line after winning the Ladbrokes Up For The Challenge Handicap at Ladbrokes Park Hillside Racecourse on December 30, 2017 in Springvale, Australia. (Ross Holburt/Racing Photos)

Star young jockey Beau Mertens has been taken to hospital to be checked over after a fall in a race at Caulfield.

Mertens and his mount Orient Line came crashing to the turf in the straight in Sunday’s Matthew Davies Handicap (1600m), won by Widgee Turf.

Preliminary reports from the Victorian Jockeys Association are that Mertens is conscious and complaining mostly of a sore knee.

“He’s conscious and he’s complaining of a sore knee,” VJA chief executive Matt Hyland said.

“He’s pretty shaken up. We’ll see what the outcome is when they go right over him.

“He’ll be taken to hospital to be checked right out.”

Orient Line suffered catastrophic injuries and had to be euthanised.