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Spriggs breaks ankle at Rosehill trials

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Jockey Blake Spriggs is the latest rider to be on the injury list after breaking his ankle at the Rosehill barrier trials this morning.

Spriggs could be out of the saddle for at least two months joining Nash Rawiller and his brother Brad who are both out with ankle and foot breaks.

Spriggs got dumped on the way to the barriers before the running of the eighth trial when the unraced two year old County Crown propped.

“He was riding the horse to the barriers during its preliminary, the horse propped and he was tipped off,” Racing NSW steward Ray Livingstone said.

“He landed on his ankle and sustained those injuries.

“There wasn’t a lot of malice in what the horse did and it wasn’t going at speed. It just caught him a bit unawares and that’s all it takes unfortunately.”

Spriggs was taken to the Westmead Hospital where x-rays confirmed his ankle was fractured in two places which required surgery.

Racing New South Wales Safety Officer Maurice Logue said that the Hospital was preparing Spriggs for surgery before the ankle was too swollen.

Nash Rawiller is still on the sidelines after breaking his ankle in a barrier accident at the Rosehill trials the week before Christmas and his brother Brad, who is based in Melbourne, broke a bone in his foot in a barrier mishap at the Terang race meeting last Sunday.

The highlight of the Rosehill trials was the appearance of Sydney’s glamour three year old Pierro who showed that he was ready to kick off his Autumn campaign with a comfortable three lengths victory over 1030m in the first trial of the day.

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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