Rider injured after fall in Race One at Hawkesbury Race Club

NASTY FALL: Race One at Hawkesbury today saw jockey Blake Spriggs fall off five-year-old mare Minute Silence.
NASTY FALL: Race One at Hawkesbury today saw jockey Blake Spriggs fall off five-year-old mare Minute Silence.

Jockey Blake Spriggs suffered a cut to his eye and a knee injury in a fall at Hawkesbury Race Club on Thursday, February 9, but has escaped serious injury.

Spriggs was atop five-year-old mare Minute Silence in Race One at the race club and was rounding the final turn of the 2000m race when he fell and appeared to be trampled by horses behind.

Hawkesbury Race Club CEO Greg Rudolph said Spriggs was taken to Nepean Hospital, he was stable and conscious following the fall.

“The rider was suffering a laceration to his eye and complaining of pain in his left leg. He was taken to hospital,” Mr Rudolph said.

“The stewards will conduct an investigation into the incident when they are able to take a statement from the rider."

On Friday morning, Racing NSW advised that Spriggs was in a stable condition.

“Racing NSW's acting Dr Tim Musgrove, has reported Blake is stable and remains under observation regarding his head injury. The knee injury to his patella with a relatively non-displaced fracture is less likely to need surgery but will be further be assessed after scans.”

The stewards report said an investigation would be launched into the accident.

Minute Silence suffered some minor cuts to its legs, but was otherwise fine after the accident, and the mare continued to race behind the other horses, without Spriggs on her back after stumbling.