Beadman suffers spinal injuries in fall

Champion jockey Darren Beadman will miss the Melbourne spring carnival after suffering a suspected fractured coccyx and vertebra in a fall in Hong Kong.

Beadman came off debutant Johnson in the mounting yard at Sha Tin yesterday and fell on his tailbone.

Darren Beadman “The good news is that the bones are not displaced, just cracked,” Beadman told the South China Morning Post.

“It’s uncomfortable but hopefully I will be out of hospital soon and I’ll know a lot more then.”

Beadman has already lost his main spring contender Tuesday Joy who bled during the Turnbull Stakes but had hoped to return to Australia for some of the big carnival days.

His misfortune paved the way for Zac Purton to take the mount on Viva Macau in the feature event at Sha Tin, the Ladies Purse.

Purton had earlier been sacked from Fearless but rode a masterful race to edge that horse out of first with Viva Macau winning the race for the second successive year.