Nolen’s Problematic Back Okay After Morphettville Crash

In the Blessings in Disguise category, Luke Nolen escaped spinal injury from his fall at Morphettvile in the Robert Sangster Stakes when the horse he was riding, Miss Promiscuity, clipped the heels of the horse ahead of her and sending Nolen to the turf, where he was run over by one of the trailers. Since Nolen had undergone back surgery in 2015 to address a long-running problem, doctors considered it imperative to ascertain if this latest incident had any effect on his back.

He still must deal with the healing and recovery process of a broken collarbone and shoulder and will miss a couple of months. If such a thing may be said, the timing is at least fortuitous, since there is not a lot of top-class racing to be had in Australia over the next couple of months, and Nolen was seldom seen overseas, having raced internationally only four times in over 10,000 starts.

Luke Nolen has about 18 years’ worth of experience, three Victorian premierships and 36 Group 1 victories to his credit, the last being the Australasian Oaks less than an hour before his horror crash.

He ruled out questions of retirement after the back surgery that kept him out of the 2015 spring carnival and it appears that such is the case again this time.

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