Brett Prebble injured in Hong Kong fall

By: Mark Mazzaglia
February 15th, 2012

Australian jockey Brett Prebble will be out of action indefinitely after breaking his collarbone in a nasty fall at Sha Tin on Saturday.

Prebble’s mount Telecom Top Star fell in the Tulip Handicap (1800m) at the top of the straight when Rocket And Gold shifted in causing him to fall.

Prebble had a heavy fall as he rolled several times when he hit the ground.

Stewards suspended Howard Cheng for careless riding and he will be on the sidelines for a month following the incident.

Prebble was having a good season in Hong Kong and is currently running second on the jockey’s table with twenty-seven wins but will soon be overtaken by fellow Australian jockey  Zac Purton who is only one win behind in third spot.

Tearaway leader Douglas Whyte is lengths ahead and is in no danger of loosing the title with  fifty-three wins already on the board.

Melbourne Cup winning jockey Darren Beadman who is also high up the jockey’s list in equal fifth spot with twenty-three wins took  at the Group III Centenary Vase aboard the John Moore-trained Packing Ok.

Former Melbourne galloper Packing Ok was given a perfect run by Beadman before scoring by half a length over Pure Champion ridden by Gerald Mosse.

Packing OK was previously trained by John Hawkes in Melbourne when racing under the name of Packing Commander and had a win and second to his credit when he arrived in Hong Kong.

“When John Hawkes trained him in Australia he felt Packing Ok would make into a Group horse, so his judgement has been spot on,” Beadman said.

“He showed that early potential and was able to win 1400 metres first-up here like a decent horse, but I do think he is still improving.

“I think he’s going to be one of those very solid horses that just gets better with age. He took everything in his stride and got into a rhythm, nice and relaxed.”

Moore who is currently sixth on the trainers list will aim Packing Ok for  the HKG1 Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup at Sha Tin over 2000m on February 26.

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