Jockeys take tumbles
By Grahame Timbrell
Two jockeys were taken to hospital after separate falls at Grafton races yesterday.
Sydney jockey Danny Beasley suffered a broken left wrist after Corrupter smashed a leg and fell 100 metres after the start of race five, the BCU and Big River Merger Class Three (1200m). The horse was later destroyed.
Earlier in the day Gold Coast jockey Lacey Morrison fell from When Did You Know just after the start of the Cummings Retravision Class One (1000m).
Beasley, who was to have ridden Verb in the Grafon Cup, was taken to hospital, but later returned to the track with his arm heavily bandaged and in a sling.
He then caught a plane back to Sydney to seek treatment from his own doctor.
Beasley is expected to be out of the saddle for up to six weeks.
Morrison was taken to hospital complaining of pain in one leg and shoulder.
However, once at hospital she started suffering back pains and doctors were arranging an MRI scan of her spine with fears she may have cracked a vertebrae.
Morrison, having her first ride at Grafton, was thrown from When Did You Know when the horse knuckled over soon after the start. Morrison told ambulance officers that after hitting the ground When Did You Know had galloped over her.