Horse Racing

Hill remains in hospital following fall

Jockey Jack Hill is facing another lengthy stint on the sidelines following a heavy fall at Wodonga on Saturday. 

Hill was aboard the Mick Price-trained Zou York when he crashed to the ground at the top of the straight, bringing down Shy Frank ridden by apprentice Mikaela Lawrence.

Hill suffered a broken jaw and fractured vertebrae in the incident while Lawrence escaped serious injury. 

Victorian Jockeys’ Association chief executive Matt Hyland said Hill remained in the Alfred Hospital and was yet to undergo surgery. 

“There was a plan to have an operation on his jaw but at this point it’s been put on hold,” Hyland told RSN

“He’s got a laceration on his jaw as well which is going to require some stitches.”

Unfortunately for the 27-year-old it’s not the first time he has been sidelined from a fall. 

The popular hoop suffered serious injuries in a horrific fall at Donald back in 2015. 

Hill was unconscious for a week and suffered slight brain bleeding in the nasty incident which kept him out of the saddle for nine months. 

Given the jockey’s history, Hyland said it was likely a conservative approach would be taken with his recovery. 

“Obviously with the concussion and Jack’s history with a concussion, that will be up to doctor Gary Zimmerman who will assess him. I’d say he’d spend a bit of time on the sidelines.”

Along with a broken jaw, Hill also suffered a fracture to his C1 vertebrae on Saturday, however Hyland said it was a non-displaced fracture and the collar has been removed from Hill’s neck. 

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