Horror fall: Jockey Allan Chau rushed to Hospital
AS THE rest of the racing nation was abuzz with the final countdown to Black Caviar's brilliant return at Flemington, jockey Allan Chau was being rushed to Grafton Hospital.
Chau was injured when his mount Simple Love crashed to the turf on the home turn during the the Clarence River Jockey Club race meet on Saturday.
As the rest of the field galloped to the winning post, Chau and his horse remained motionless on the turf.
Ambulance paramedics rushed to the scene and placed the unconscious Chau on a spinal board before transferring him to Grafton Hospital.
The horse freed itself from the running rail and, without any signs of obvious injury cantered down the straight to the cheers of the Ulmarra Chip-In Cup day crowd.
Initial reports from Grafton Hospital indicated Chau had regained consciousness and could feel his arms and legs but was unable to move his neck and had some bleeding from the ears and nose.
Racing NSW Jockeys Medical Liaison Officer Dr Ron Muratore confirmed that Chau had fractured a vertebra in his neck and was transferred to Gold Coast Hospital yesterday for further treatment.
"Allan had CT scans and has a fractured C2 vertebra," fellow jockey and close friend Matthew Paget said.
"He's conscious, and can move his arms and legs, it doesn't look as though it will impact his use of his limbs."
It is the second serious fall for Chau who broke two vertebrae (C4 and C5) in his neck, fractured four ribs and broke another in a race fall at Port Macquarie in April 2011.