Experienced jockey Noel Callow has been taken to hospital after a seemingly innocuous fall on the way to the barriers at Geelong on Friday.
Callow, who has endured a torrid week on and off the track, was dislodged by Team Hawkes-trained Turnstar.
The 45 year-old reportedly complained of soreness to the arms and legs.
Callow has been a lightning rod for controversy this week, having been the victim of an unfounded social media attack on Tuesday.
He was then involved in the sad loss of a runner at Caulfield, where Callow’s mount, Evie Girl, suffered a suspected heart attack at the races.
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Rawiller scare: Popular jockey’s horror injuries revealed
Brad Rawiller has vowed to return to the saddle, despite the injured 25-time Group 1 jockey conceding he will be sidelined for at least three months.
The 42 year-old Perth-based Victorian sustained two fractured vertebrae, a collapsed lung, a broken collarbone and several busted ribs in a Bunbury fall on Wednesday.
Surgeons cannot verify the full extent of damage to the lower back until Rawiller’s two-thirds collapsed lung is drained of fluid.
He will then be transferred to Perth to get the full prognosis and start the long recovery process.
Rawiller, who missed four months after a horror fall at Cranbourne in October 2018, relocated to Perth last November as riding opportunities in Melbourne dried up.
His wife, Carolyn, and young children remain quarantined in South Perth, having only moved last Sunday.
Carolyn was watching the Bunbury races, with son Lucas, when Rawiller was jolted off Imprudent.
“I knew it was him straight away and I turned the sound down and waited until the caller said he’s talking to the ambulance and I quickly changed the channel over,” Carolyn sad.
“ … then the trainer said he saw him talking, and sitting up in the ambulance, I thought OK he’s going (to hospital) for precaution.
“But then as the night went on they kept finding more things wrong.”
Rawiller was able to walk around the ward on Thursday, despite strong pain and shortness of breath.
“Depending on whether he has surgery or not but he’s thinking three or so months,” Carolyn said.
“They (doctors) said he was ‘dreaming’. It just depends how bad the fractures are, which he’ll know more when he gets to Perth because they can’t do much with him until this lung clears up.
“He’s shattered and devastated that we just got here and now this.
“He’s definitely shattered, he’s with it, but he must be on a lot of medication.
“He’s not really worried about his mental state at the moment, more worried about getting his lung right and getting more clarification on what needs to be fixed.”
Rawiller has been instant success in Perth, winning the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes last November.
Trap For Fools (Towton Cup) and Dance Music (La Trice Classic) have been among recent Ascot winners.
But as health updates escalated late on Wednesday night, Carolyn questioned Rawiller’s future.
“I was in a bit of shock and was like ‘No, that’s it, that’s enough for me’,” the mother of two said.
“Once I spoke to him today, and he had a walk around, he was like ‘it will be right’.
“He loves it and he’s good at it, if he was riding terribly I’d say we’ll find something else for you, but he seems to like it here and he’s doing well.”
GIRL’S SAD OUTCOME
Matt Laurie-trained mare Evie Girl could not be saved after collapsing at Caulfield during Race 5, having suffered a suspected heart attack.
The four-year-old daughter of Ocean Park went down about 200m from the finishing post as jockey Noel Callow was in the process of pulling up the distressed galloper.
Evie Girl went into the race as a fancied second favourite.
She settled towards the back of the field in the 1800m benchmark 64 and dropped out of contention as the speed quickened approaching the home bend.