Two jockeys were thrown from their mounts at Tauranga races,
leaving one with suspected spinal injuries.
The falls occurred during race four of yesterday's annual
Interislander Summer Festival Tauranga Races.
Apprentice jockey Jenny Whiteside, from Auckland, was riding
Te Awamutu-owned and trained horse Roydon, when he fell about
450m from the finish of the 2100m race.
Ms Whiteside was treated at the scene by a course doctor and
attending St John staff before being taken to Tauranga
Hospital for further treatment and x-rays.
The incident left her concussed and complaining of back pain.
Ms Whiteside's mount, Roydon, was put down at the track.
Stipendiary stewards panel chairman John Oatham said: "Jenny
was knocked unconscious from the fall and when she came
around she was a bit confused and concussed, but was
conscious and talking when she was taken by ambulance to
"I can't confirm the exact reason for the fall at this stage,
not until we have spoken to Jenny, but what I can say is that
her mount, Roydon, fell and when the horse was examined by
the course veterinarian it was found to have a fractured
shoulder. It's not clear whether the injury occurred before
the horse fell, or was a result of the fall."
A Tauranga Hospital spokesperson said last night that Ms
Whiteside had been admitted to a ward in a stable condition.
The Bay of Plenty Times understands she was being
treated for suspected spinal injuries.
Two other jockeys, also involved in the accident, both
sustained bruising after being thrown from their mounts,
forcing one to retire from racing early.
Mr Oatham said Bon Genie - the horse following Roydon - fell
over top of it, dislodging jockey Vinnie Colgan.
"Mr Colgan was a bit bruised and after being examined and
cleared by the course doctor he was able to carry on riding
for a while but later retired after feeling too unwell," he
Mr Oatham said the third horse involved, Straight Furrow, did
not fall but its jockey, Craig Grylls, fell off.
Mr Grylls also suffered bruising but carried on and rode the
winners in the final two races.
Mr Oatham said he could not comment further on the accident
until his inquiries were complete.
He said falls in races did happen from time to time and was
hopeful Ms Whiteside would make a full recovery.
"Luckily the rest of the day's racing was relatively
incident-free," he said.
The accident comes closely on the heels of the death of Gold
Coast-based jockey Ashlee Mundy, 26, who fell from her horse
at the Kurow races in North Otago. The former Cantabrian had
returned to New Zealand from Queensland in mid-December to
ride the South Island's summer circuit.
Her mount, Elleaye, fell with 600m to run in the seventh
Miss Mundy landed on her head, receiving non-survivable
injuries, and it is understood she may have been trodden on
by another horse.
additional reporting APNZ
- By Sandra Conchie of the Bay of Plenty Times