Jockey Luke Nolen will be out of action for several months as he recovers from multiples injuries he received when he fell from Miss Promiscuity in the Group 1 $400,000 UBET Classic (Registered as Robert Sangster Stakes) (1200m) at Morphettville last Saturday.
Nolen was dislodged at the 700m when the David Hayes and Tom Dabernig trained Miss Promiscuity clipped the heels of another runner and just as it looked like he had rolled clear, Sabatini wasn’t able to avoid him and collected him as she tried to hurdle him.
Even though Nolen sustained a broken left collarbone, broken left shoulder blade, several broken ribs and some bruising to his liver and spleen, his wife Alacia said that he could have been worse.
“He’s very lucky,” Alacia Nolen told The Advertiser.
“When it happened, I thought he’d fallen clear. But then I saw the horse get him and I thought it’d hit him in the head … but fortunately it didn’t and it got him in the upper body.
“He was lucky that he only got hit by one horse. If he hadn’t rolled out, he would have been collected by all of them.
“He probably wouldn’t be here (if he wasn’t wearing a safety vest).
“It looks like he’ll be in hospital for about a week at this stage.”
Nolen had only been back in the saddle for a month after recovering from back surgery and had been riding in superb form, posting twenty-one wins from his last seventy-six rides and had been in the winner’s circle at his previous ride when he steered the Mick Kent trained Abbey Marie to victory in the Group 1 $400,000 Schweppes Oaks (registered as Australasian Oaks) (2000m).
The Melbourne based Nolen is best noted for his association with champion trainer Peter Moody and the deeds of the unbeaten Black Caviar, but has been riding freelance since Moody gave away training at the end of March after being suspended on cobalt related charges.