Top female jockey Hayley Turner looks set to be out several weeks after breaking her left ankle at Bath racecourse yesterday (Wednesday, 31 August).
Hayley, who has been enjoying a successful season including winning two Group 1s, fell after Rose Aurora reared on the way to the start and landed on her.
Inititally she thought it was just brusing but X-rays at the Royal United Hospital in Bath showed a break.
She wrote on her website today: “What a disaster. I was riding at Bath yesterday when my first mount Rose Aurora decided to be a diva, as I got led on to the track, she reared over and landed on my leg. Ouch!!
“I was in a lot of pain and felt very sick and the ambulance team was there immediately, I then started to be a bit of a diva myself, the gas and air soon put a stop to that.
“I have now pulled myself together, it could have been so much worse, just my ankle, no head or spin injury. It’s simply part of our job, you have to cherish the highs and brush off the lows. I’ve had an amazing season and at least now I have time to celebrate it.”
She is due to have an operation today (Thursday 1 September)
And last week (Wednesday 24 August) 16-year-old jump jockey Willy Twiston-Davies also broke his left ankle, on just his second ride back after months out with a broken left femur.
Willy tweeted to Hayley yesterday “Hope you get better soon, you can come join me watching Bargain Hunt and Jeremy Kyle!”