New Plymouth jockey Vanessa Johnston expects to be sidelined for at least six weeks after breaking her ankle of her left leg in a racefall at Awapuni last Wednesday.
Johnston, 23, was riding Lady Chaparral in the listed $50,000 Anzac 1600 at the Feilding Jockey Club's meeting when the the horse clipped a heel Capone when racing in tight quarters a 200m after the start.
I've broken the talus bone in the (ankle) joint itself,'' said Johnston yesterday. Johnston's injured foot is in a moon boot and doctors predicated it would require at six weeks knit properly.
''It's a clean break, right in the front and in the middle of the socket. So I've got a cast on (the injured leg) and I have to see the specialist next week.''
It is the second time Johnston has been sidelined by a fractured ankle.
The previous occasion was early in 2007 when she badly smashed her right ankle when educating a young horse in jumping from the starting gates.
''I had to have surgery that time. (The joint) was shattered that time and then I got an infection in the wound, said Johnston, who was sidelined on that occasion for seven months.
Johnston has ridden 17 winners so far this season including a treble at Tauherenikau last January.
- Taranaki Daily News
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