By Mark Brassel
Racing NSW often fields inquiries as to the whereabouts of certain jockeys currently sidelined due to injury. Following are the latest updates available:-
BRENDAN WARD - Following the running of Race 7 at Wagga on Sunday 15th April, Brendan was complaining of soreness in his left quad muscle the next day. "We thought it was a strain in his quad and he would require physiotherapy," said Naomi Ward. "The following day Brendan was in more pain and sought a doctor's advice. He was assessed and underwent ultrasound scans and an x-ray. This showed the screw in his femur is protruding into his quad muscle after having surgery four months ago on his fractured hip. On Tuesday (24th April) Brendan will be seen by his specialist, Dr Gross, who did his hip fracture surgery to assess treatment."
[Update Monday, 7th May 2018]: Brendan has had an unlucky run and after recently getting back from injury, he has copped some bruising to a bone in his knee and was found to have a cyst in his knee, luckily no surgery is needed. Brendan has been told to have a month's rest and hopefully he can return to race riding for the Canberra meeting on 25 May.
[Update Monday, 30th April 2018]: After seeing Dr Gross last Tuesday, Brendan was referred by Dr Gross to get a MRI scan on his knee and upper leg. Brendan will see his specialists Dr Gross on Wednesday [2nd May] for assessment and treatment.
WILLIAM PEARSON - was dislodged shortly after the winning post in race 4 on Ghost Rider at Boorowa (Saturday, 5th May) after his mount shied at a shadow. William suffered bruising to his flank.
PAULA MILLS - was also dislodged shortly after the winning post in race 4 on Coolamine at Boorowa (Saturday, 5th May) who was following the other runner. Paula was treated for some rib soreness by ambulance personnel.
RONALD SIMPSON - Racing NSW Steward Sam Fitzgerald reported Ronald Simpson was dislodged from Billy Bent Ear in Race 6 at Coonabarabran on Saturday (28th April), after his saddle shifted severely in the early stages. He received an injury to his left leg and was transported to Coonabarabran Base Hospital for treatment.
[Update on Sunday, 29th April 2018]: Dr Duckworth has reported that Ronald is fine and has been discharged. He has a soft tissue injury to his leg and no fractures which should take a couple of days to settle down.
KATELYN JENKINSON - Racing NSW Steward Ian Grimes has reported Katelyn was dislodged from her mount during a barrier trial at Narromine on Sunday, 22nd April 2018. Katelyn was complaining of soreness to her back; neck and shoulder and was transported to Dubbo Hospital.
[Update at 3:35pm Tuesday, 24th April 2018]: Dr Duckworth has reported Katelyn is still in hospital. She has been experiencing double vision since the accident and will most likely have to stay in hospital for another few days as she undergoes testing. She also has possible ligament damage to her shoulder. The MRI scan of her brain was clear.
[Update at 5:30pm Monday, 23rd April 2018]: Dr Duckworth has reported that Katelyn is still in hospital and stable. She is having an MRI scan of her brain and neck this afternoon due to headaches since the fall.
[Update at 11am Monday, 23rd April 2018]: Dr Duckworth has reported Katelyn was admitted to Dubbo Hospital overnight. He is still waiting to hear about her shoulder x-rays.
GLYN SCHOFIELD - Following the running of Race 5 at Royal Randwick on Saturday, Glyn was complaining of back soreness, whereby he was assessed and treated by the Club's doctor. Racing NSW's Dr Duckworth has since reported Glyn is at Prince of Wales Hospital with severe back spasms. He will undergo x-rays and be given medication to help his back settle down.
[Update at 2pm Monday, 23rd April 2018]: Glyn has advised that a further assessment of his back issue has indicated he requires some ongoing treatment and as a result, will be unavailable to ride for approximately two weeks.
[Update at 5pm Sunday, 22nd April 2018]: Dr Duckworth reported Glyn was discharged last night. He had back spasms that settled with medication and was a lot better today, having had an MRI scan. Glyn will need extensive physio this week.
CHLOE BAKER - was dislodged from Annarose during race 1 at Taree on Saturday (7th April). Chloe was very stiff and sore, especially around the neck and back regions, and was taken to Port Macquarie Hospital.
[Update on 11th April 2018]: Chloe Baker has been discharged from Port Macquarie Hospital and is coming to Sydney today. She is having the clavicle fracture fixed this afternoon and her neck fracture will be assessed by a neurosurgeon.
Update at 3:45pm on Monday 9th April: Chloe had an MRI where it was revealed she has a fractured clavicle and will probably be operated in Sydney on Wednesday (11th April).
AMELIA DENBY - was dislodged from Daliapour's Beauty during race 6 at Wellington on Saturday (7th April). Amelia was taken to Wellington Hospital where it was revealed she has T7 and T9 wedge fractures, which are stable. Amelia will be assessed by a spinal team but more than likely, she will be managed with a brace and rest.
[Update on 11th April 2018]: Amelia Denby is still in Dubbo Hospital. Her pain is better controlled and is having an MRI scan of her spine today.
ANDREW BANKS - was dislodged from Barefoot Showgirl during race 6 at Wellington on Saturday (7th April). Andrew was taken to Wellington Hospital where it was revealed he has a C4 spinous process fracture and a first rib fracture with a normal neurological exam. It is likely the injuries can be managed without surgery.
[Update on 11th April 2018]: Andrew Banks has now been discharged from hospital.
STACEY METCALFE - was dislodged from her mount (Lord Laurie) at Albury on Sunday, 18th March after it blundered very badly on jumping and then shifted outwards abruptly. Scans revealed damage to her shoulder which may dislocate with further use. She is now being referred to a specialist for further advice.
[Update on 28th March 2018]: Racing NSW's Dr Duckworth has reported that he has seen Stacey following ongoing injuries suffered in the Albury fall. He said Stacey has partially dislocated her shoulder and has a torn ligament. Stacey will undergo a shoulder reconstruction next week and a ligament repair.
KIRK MATHESON - was dislodged from his mount, Legal Loophole, at the 200m mark during race 4 at Grafton on Tuesday (20th March). Kirk was conscious after the fall and was complaining of pain to his chest and ribs. He was transported to Coffs Harbour Hospital for scans and treatment.
Update at 9am on Tuesday, 27th March 2018: Racing NSW's Dr Duckworth reports that Kirk was discharged from Coffs Harbour Hospital over the weekend and is doing reasonably well. He is back home with fractured ribs and a bruised liver and will be seen by his GP this week. Kirk is likely to be sidelined for at least another eight weeks.
Update at 9:30am on Wednesday, 21st March 2018: Kirk is in the intensive care unit at Coffs Harbour Hospital after scans last night revealed he suffered a laceration to his liver. He remains under observation following an operation to stop the bleeding. Kirk has also suffered a couple of broken ribs.
Update at 6:40pm on Tuesday, 20th March 2018: Racing NSW's Dr Tim Musgrove reports that he spoke with the Admitting Officer (Doctor) and reported Kirk is in a stable condition. Kirk suffered a right-sided chest injury, more likely soft tissue, but this will be followed up with CT scans to his neck, chest and abdomen. Dr Musgrove will liaise with Kirk and his family as results come to hand.
DANIEL NORTHEY - was jumping a horse out of the barriers for trainer Rod Northam at Scone on 6 December 2017 when his mount became fractious and ended up rearing over on top of him. He was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital at Newcastle with a suspected pelvis injury.
[Update on 27th March 2018]: Daniel is having a operation today to remove two bladder stones. This is a side-effect of having a catheter which Daniel had in for 10 weeks.
[Update on 28 February 2018]: Daniel saw his surgeon on Monday [26th February] who was happy with the progress of his pelvis since the brace was removed. Daniel will now start physio and may be back on a horse as early as May.
[Update on 5 February 2018]: Daniel saw his surgeon today who was pleased with the progress of his pelvis and advised he can have the brace removed on 13 February.
[Update on 7 December 2017]: Racing NSW's Dr. Duckworth has reported that Daniel Northey underwent surgery to fix his pelvis last night at John Hunter Hospital. The surgery went well and he will be in hospital for at least another week. He will not ride for at least for three months.
Trackwork riders EMMA CAMPBELL and SAMANTHA CORMIE were involved in separate trackwork incidents on 13th March. Emma Campbell suffered a fall at Albury and was taken to hospital where x-rays confirmed she has a fractured pelvis. Emma is still in hospital receiving treatment. Samantha Cormie suffered a fall at Wagga and was taken to hospital with a haematoma injury to her head but has since been sent home to recover.
NYSSA BURRELLS: The apprentice jockey suffered a fall during jump-outs on Friday, 29th December 2017 when the horse she was riding fell and landed on her. Please click on the following link for updates - Nyssa Burrells updates
SHELLEY WALSH - was riding the topweight [Ardimento] in race 4 at the Sapphire Coast on Tuesday [7th November] when she suffered a dislocated left shoulder halfway down the main straight. Racing NSW's Dr David Duckworth reported that Shelley Walsh went to Bega Hospital and after an x-ray, was discharged last night. Dr Duckworth will see her today to organise scans and see if she requires further treatment.
JOHN KISSICK - the Southern Districts Racing Association-based jockey John Kissick was competing in a private steer riding session in late October 2016 when he was thrown heavily on his head. John fractured his T-12 vertebrae and was transported to Canberra Hospital for treatment. John has movement in all his limbs and Doctors have informed him he will be off work for a minimum of 12 months. John has been recovering at his mother’s home in Griffith.
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