Brad Parnham Thrown and Crushed in Ascot Trackwork Incident
The thoroughbreds care not one whit that the important races are done, or that the next season is a fortnight or so hence, and the jockeys that ride them in minor races or during trackwork know that falling is falling, none of them better than Perth Cup winner Brad Parnham, the most recent to miss time in the saddle due to accident.
Parnham was thrown by a horse and received three fractured ribs and a punctured lung riding trackwork on his home ground of Ascot racecourse. The horse first reared, and then added injury to injury by falling on top of Parnham as he lay prostrate on the ground.
Brad’s father Neville Parnham reported that his son was in quite a bit of pain. That is certainly an understatement, as having a horse fall on you would seemingly be quite painful.
It is not yet known how long Brad Parnham will be out of the saddle. Broken ribs are a slow healing injury and there is never anything positive to be said about a punctured lung. Those two injuries combined would make every breath excruciating and breathing is not one of those optional tasks that can be put off until it becomes more agreeable.