Star jockey Michael Walker will be sidelined for an extended period after undergoing surgery for a broken leg.
The Victorian Jockeys’ Association on Friday confirmed scans at Dandenong Hospital showed the 25-time Group 1 winner sustained a fractured fibula after a fall at Pakenham on Thursday night.
The setback is a blow for the popular Melbourne-based Kiwi hoop, affectionately known as “The Cuz”, and regular rider for leading stables, including Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr and Chris Waller.
Walker was engaged to ride seven horses at Flemington on Saturday, including Waller’s imported stayer and $400,000 Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes contender Mohican Heights.
Other rides included For Real Life (race 1), Brimarvi Vehero (race 3), Brimham Rocks (race 4), Garvoc (race 5), Cumberbatch (race 7) and Bumper Blast (race 8).
Walker was dislodged in the last race at Pakenham on Thursday night after his filly, Insaaf, clipped the heels of eventual winner Heljami and faltered approaching the 500m.
Initial evidence was taken from jockeys Ben Allen (Heljami), Daniel Stackhouse (Divine Rule) and Teodore Nugent (Classy Pins).
The inquiry was adjourned to a date to be fixed when Stewards can interview Walker.
Walker was transported to Dandenong Hospital after complaining of pain in his neck and leg.
Originally published asTop jockey suffers broken leg in race fall
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