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Joanna Mason injury blow

Joanna Mason injury blow
Mon 05 Jun 2023|Joanna Mason

Joanna Mason is facing another spell on the sidelines after a riding accident on Monday morning.

Joanna fell from a two-year-old filly when the horse was spooked by some pigeons who were startled and flew across the gallop. X-rays showed that she has a spiral fracture at the lower end of her distal fibular and we all wish her a speedy recovery.

It will be a second spell out of action after missing a week after being kicked by Jazz Samba when unsaddling the filly at Beverley in May, ironically after the her mount had just won.

X-ray showing Joanna's fracture

Last night Jo said "I've spoken with Dr Jerry Hill and he sounds postive. It'll be a boot for a couple of weeks then I can do more in Jack Berry House. He says it'll be four to six weeks. I am aiming for four!"

"Usually you just get back up and onto the next horse but I knew this one was worse than usual and grandad picked me up and after putting ice on in the office they drove me to hospital for x-rays".

"The strange thing is that it didn't hurt", said Jo. "The hospital staff couldn't believe it as it's usually a very painful break."

The timing of the accident couldn't have been worse. The stable's horses are in top form and the next ride Jo should have taken was Menelaus who won at Thirsk yesterday afternoon.

Joanna has been in excellent form of late, riding Shimmering Sands to victory at Doncaster on Saturday and then partnering Reach to win at Nottingham yesterday. Although she'll be on the sidelines for the coming weeks her inspiration will certainly be a bonus for the stable.

"I'll come back stronger", said Jo. "A few years ago I broke my back in a Point-to-Point fall so I'm no stranger to breaking bones".

We all wish Jo a speedy recovery.

Tonight's rides at Wetherby that Joanna was booked on will be taken by Shane Gray.