Jockey Vanessa Johnston out of action with broken ankle

OUT OF ACTION:  Vanessa Johnston pictured on board Adventador.
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OUT OF ACTION: Vanessa Johnston pictured on board Adventador.

New Plymouth jockey Vanessa Johnston has been sidelined for a third time with a broken ankle.

The 27-year-old broke her right ankle when she fell from a horse at the New Plymouth track on Tuesday morning.

"I've done it again," she said today. "It's the third time . . . I've broken my right ankle twice, the first time was eight years ago and two or three years ago I broke my left ankle. I'm like a cat, I always land on my feet . . . at least it wasn't my head. I'd rather break my ankle than my neck."

Johnston spent Tuesday night in hospital with her leg in plaster and is now at home recovering.

"I'll be in a moon boot for five weeks. I'm meant to be going to the States in six weeks for a holiday. Hopefully I can still do my trip, I'll be gutted if I can't," she said. "I hope to be back riding in May.

Johnston said the injury couldn't have come at a worse time.

"The season has been going really well. I got off to a slow start, but things have been on a roll lately," she said referring to three black-type wins late last year.

Johnston won the $45,000 Feilding Gold Cup on Anniestar, the $70,000 Eulogy Stakes on New Plymouth-trained Choice and the $50,000 Levin Stakes on Adventador.

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