Robl injured in Canterbury fall
Jockey Peter Robl has been taken to hospital with a suspected collarbone injury following a horror fall midway through the fourth race at Canterbury.
Robl’s mount Heilei was travelling outside the leader in the Green Day At The Gardens February 6 Maiden Plate (1900m) when the gelding suddenly began to lose ground rapidly around the 800 metres before crashing to the turf.
Rival jockeys did well to avoid the stricken horse as Robl was catapulted out of the saddle.
He was conscious following the fall but ambulance officers took every precaution with the hoop, who was treated on the track for some time before being taken to Canterbury hospital for x-rays and observation.
“He was conscious throughout it but he has a possible collarbone injury,” steward Greg Rudolph said.
“The horse appears to have suffered an internal injury or bleed and obviously came down shortly after faltering.
“Peter won’t be riding on Saturday I wouldn’t have thought.”
The Steve Wilson-trained Heilei was unable to be saved.
Robl, who is the retained rider for Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack Farm, was one of three jockeys injured in a dramatic fall at Rosehill 13 months ago when he suffered a broken vertebrae and spent more than two months on the sidelines.
He returned in time for the Sydney autumn carnival where his wins included the Group One Champagne Stakes aboard Patinack Farm’s Onemorenomore.
By Mandy Cottell