INJURED: Thornton-based jockey Andrew Gibbons will miss the upcoming spring carnival following surgery on two broken toes this week. Picture: Jonathan CarrollThornton-based jockey Andrew Gibbons will miss most of this year’s spring carnival after returning homefrom surgery on two broken toes in Sydney this week.
The 2014-2015 Newcastle premiership winner could be sidelined until the Melbourne Cupfollowing a race incidentat Cessnock on Monday in his comeback ride from holidays.
The injury-forcedtime out will be less than ideal for 39-year-old Gibbons, who had10 wins and 20 placings from the opening month of 2017-2018 after a stellar season prior producing a career-best 78 victories.
“It wasn’t the best way to come back, especially the first ride after holidays,” Gibbons said.
“I was out of action there in hospital for a few days, but I got home yesterday [Thursday] and it’s still pretty painful.
“I’ve got to stay off it completely for at least two weeks before I go and see the specialist again next Wednesday to get a better idea of how long I’ll be out for.
“I’ma pretty quick healer so hopefully it doesn’t go the full six weeks, but at this stage it’s looking like late October or early November.
“It’sa shame because I had10 winners the first month so it would have been nice to keep that rolling, but the main thing now is just to get back going.”
Leading the fifth with 150 metres remaining at the Wine Country Race Club track, Gibbons’ right foot was caught between his horse Rubel and the inside rail.
The pair had stumbled after landing awkwardly on the turfand “almost went through the fence” but somehow avoideda fall and eventually finishedeighth.
Following advice fromRacing NSW doctor David Duckworth he was operated on by Ed O’Leary at Hornsby the following morning.
Gibbonshad a plate and several screws inserted to support a compound fracture in his second toe. The break in his third toedidn’t bust the skin.
The incident followed a two-week getaway with his girlfriend and two sons in the US frequenting Dallas, Los Angeles and Hawaii.
On course at Randwick this Saturday and Newcastle trainer Ben Smith hasmade a late gear change withIn Her Time now wearing bar plates forthe group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) against the likes of Chautauqua,English and Kris Lees-prepared Clearly Innocent.
Broadmeadow-basedLees also featuresSound Proposition in the $1million group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m). Corey Brown is the jockey.
Elsewhere at the meeting and Lees has Sense Of Occasion in the group 2 Ilve Appliances Hill Stakes (1800m) while Cessnock trainer Jeremy Sylvester has entered Three Sheets in the ninth andlast Snitzel Sprint (1200m).
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