Saffie Osborne was subjected to vile death and rape threats online but she has battled back from the horrendous comments and a brutal injury to lead the new Racing League
Saffie Osborne has had a tumultuous 12 months after suffering a savage injury last October and being abused by disgusting online trolls, but the jockey has fought back from those hardships in incredible style to lead the Racing League.
The 19-year-old was at the centre of a police investigation after her father and trainer Jamie Osbourne alerted law enforcement officers of the sickening messages in June.
Posting a picture of the abuse in which the offender threatened to beat Safiie to death, Jamie posted on Twitter : “While @OsborneSaffie will not thank me for this post I am afraid as a parent I can no longer ignore this issue.
“Social media abuse has gone too far. I will now begin a crusade to have these people banned from all platforms and will not shy away from bringing prosecutions.”
Saffie did not let the trolls get her down, and now sits at the top of the standings in the new Racing League summer event after two weeks of the flat competition. She has already had 25 winners so far this season and has earned nearly £200,000.
In the Racing League, she has raced ten times so far, winning one race as well as having a second and third-place finish for a total of 87 points.
That leaves Saffie nine points ahead of second-placed Jack Mitchell and 12 ahead of Martin Dwyer.
Her team in the event, Team Swish, are currently in joint fourth place, just 14 points behind the leaders Team Racehorse Lotto. The Racing League comprises of six weeks of racing on Thursdays and is looking to bring a new form of competition to horse racing.
There are 12 teams all competing for a prize pot of £1.8 million, with each race worth £50,000.
The action continues this Thursday at Lingfield where Saffie will be hoping to extend her lead and take herself closer to the £25,000 bonus for the top jockey in the competition.
The fall Saffie suffered in October 2020 was described by onlookers as one of the worst they had seen in flat racing as she fell in front of another horse before being trampled over by much of the rest of the field.
The incident left her with broken ribs, a broken arm and a punctured lung. Saffie suffered another scary fall at Newmarket in July where she was dragged under the starting stalls by one of the horses, however she managed to escape that episode with no major injury.