Vanessa Johnston sidelined for six weeks

TONY BIRD
Last updated 07:23 29/04/2012

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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.

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