Victorian Jockey Dale Smith Out Indefinitely After Caulfield Mishap

After suffering a barrier mishap that caused substantial injury to his hip, Victorian jockey Dale Smith rode the event, riding Yu Long Sheng Hui to a victory at Caulfield racecourse.

He is now expected to be absent for an extended period as he receives treatment to bruised bones and torn cartilage to his hip that was severe enough to cause Smith to have issues with his normal, everyday functioning.

The barrier gate failed to remain open at the jump, swinging back to hit him as he and his mount were exiting.

He reports feeling fortunate that there was no fracture incurred to the bone but he has stopped riding to take ongoing evaluation to determine how bad the problem is.

Simply walking is painful to Smith and the lingering, constant pain has even prevented him from sleeping decently.

The inherent dangers of thoroughbred racing are an everyday issue for jockeys and horses and Smith’s incident could have been tragic if the contact with the barrier had come slightly sooner or slightly later.

For a jockey of Smith’s ability, the uncertainty of the situation is something that will weigh heavily on him because the incident is not something encountered frequently and not knowing when or if he will be able to resume riding makes recovering all the more taxing.

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