Amateur jockey's death near Newmarket accidental

An inquest jury has ruled that the death of a former amateur jockey whose horse hit a tree near Newmarket, Suffolk, was accidental.

Christopher Watson, 61, a retired businessman from Sapcote, Leicestershire, died after the accident in Side Hill Gallop in November 2010.

Mr Watson travelled to Suffolk once a week to ride out for Beverley House trainer John Berry.

He was riding a gelding called Kadouchski at the time of the accident.

It is understood he returned to riding as a hobby after retiring from his work a year earlier.

Suffolk Police and the Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident as a death in the workplace.

The inquest took place at the Athenaeum in Bury St Edmunds on Friday.

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