ECHUCA’S transferred race meeting on Thursday, July 27, was soured by a fall in race 10, the BM64 handicap over 1100m.
Jockey Jarrod Fry was riding locally trained She’s Just Like in the final race of the program when his stirrup leather broke and he fell off to the side.
She’s Just Like kept her feet and came away unscathed.
Fry was taken to Echuca hospital with a suspected fractured wrist.
He was due to meet with Racing Victoria medical consultant Dr Garry Zimmerman yesterday to determine the extent of the damages and when he was likely to race again.
He was scheduled for three rides at Caulfield on Saturday which he missed as a result.
Echuca trainer Mick Johnstone said Fry was lucky to escape with just a fractured wrist in what was a ‘‘freak accident’’.
‘‘It’s never nice to see a fall, especially on one of your own horses,’’ Johnstone said.
‘‘He (Fry) was there one minute and then on the ground the next. It was very unlucky really.
‘‘They had horses in front, beside and behind them when it happened, he was fortunate to not get run over in the end.’’
Johnstone and wife Gwenda were keeping busy in preparation for the spring racing season.
Rocket Tommy goes to Flemington on August 12 and Johnstone said he was working well in the lead up.
‘‘You never like to go in too confident to a race,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ll just keep calm and let the horse (Rocket Tommy) do the talking on the day.
‘‘We’ll do some serious work on Friday with him and then it’s a matter of maintaining that before the race on Saturday week.’’