Blake Shinn Suffers Fractures In Randwick Trial Fall

Leading Sydney jockey Blake Shinn has suffered neck fractures in a barrier trial accident with his return to the saddle unlikely for at least three months.
Shinn was injured when he was dislodged from his mount Paris Legend about 2 f after the start of the tenth heat during the Randwick barrier trials on Monday morning.
Officials reported that Shinn’s saddle slipped about 1 f after the start of the trial.
Shinn was concussed and was complaining of pain in his neck before he was transported by ambulance to Randwick’s Prince of Wales Hospital for assessment.
Racing NSW medico Dr David Duckworth reported that Shinn had fractured his C1 and C3 vertebra and would undergo more tests to determine of he has other injuries.
Late on Monday Shinn revealed in a tweet from his hospital bed that he expects to be sidelined for between three and six months.

Shinn was injured after he had ridden Doncaster Mile winner Happy Clapper in the first heat of the trials over 6 1⁄4 f on the Kensington track in the first trial of the day.
The Pat Webster-trained gelding finished an easy fourth, about a length behind recent Rosehill winner Mister Sea Wolf.
Shinn also rode the promising three-year-old Neutrality from the Snowden stable to win a classy open heat over 4 1⁄4 f from Arbeitsam.
The trial included the highly-regarded Chris Waller-trained 3YOs The Autumn Sun and Lean Mean Machine, who were not tested to finish out of the placings.
The other open company trial over 4 1⁄4 f was won by the classy Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott mare Invincible Star from another talented Waller 3YO Zousain.

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