A sick and sorry Glyn Schofield will be out of the saddle for an extended period after suffering facial injuries when thrown from a horse at Monday’s Warwick Farm barrier trials.
Schofield said that he couldn’t remember hitting the concrete face first after being hit in the head by his mount when it reared up.
The Group 1 winning jockey suffered several facial fractures in his eye sockets, both cheekbones, his palet and nose, but luckily has escaped any surgery.
“There’s quite a few breaks, but none of the bones have moved so I don’t need to have any surgery which is good,” Schofield said.
“I’ll just leave it to mother nature to heal them.”
Schofield recalls how his mount, two year old filly Fun For All, took fright and threw her head up in the air knocking him unconscious before falling to the ground.
“I had just jumped on her and was adjusting my stirrups when she took fright at something,’’ Schofield told News Limited.
“She threw me into the air, and as I was coming down, she went up again, her head came back and caught me square in the face.
“I don’t know what happened after that. (Fellow jockey) Nash Rawiller phoned me this morning and said the horse got all four legs off the ground, and while I was out I ended up landing face first on to the concrete.
“I remember waking up and people were around me. I rinsed the blood out of my mouth, then the ambulance took me to hospital.”
Schofield has had a real mixed bag of emotion during the last ten months with three Group 1wins on Boban, The Star Epsom, the Emirates Stakes and the Chipping Norton Stakes plus the joy of watching his son Chad win one of the world’s most famous races, the Group 1 $3m Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on Shamus Award during the Spring.
But his world was turned up upside down when his newly married daughter, Whitney, lost her husband Nathan Berry in early April after succumbing to NORSE Syndrome which he developed while riding in Singapore.
Let’s hope that this is the end of the bad luck for the Schofield family.