Rawiller 'pretty lucky' after Sha Tin fall

Nash Rawiller will be out of riding for some time after his fall at Sha Tin on Monday. Rawiller's mount Mr Oriole in Race 4, the Ma Kong Shan Handicap (1200m), broke down shortly after the field entered the main straight and Rawiller fell heavily to the turf.

The stewards' report said that Noble De Boy, which was following, was severely checked in consequence, resulting in its rider, Karis Teetan, being dislodged and Clever Spirit was unable to avoid the fallen Mr Oriole and blundered, resulting in its rider, Vincent Ho, also being dislodged.

Ho was stood down frrom his rides as a precaution and Teetan was able to resume riding through the rest of the programme while Rawiller was taken to hospital. He had a dislocated shoulder and a hairline fracture to his right ankle.

“I think I’m pretty lucky really. It was just badly dislocated, the doctors did a great job putting it back in without too much pain and I’ve got full movement back in my hand," said Rawiller reported

"The horse behind hit me in the back in the run through and I have a couple of tiny fractures in my wing vertebrae that are a bit painful but even that is a good result because I was worried that I’d been hit in the kidney and had some internal damage but it isn’t the case.

“It seems like the ankle pain is maybe some screws have come loose on a plate I already had there in an old fracture. Anyway, it’s a lot better than it could have been. I don’t know what the prognosis is for riding again, we’ll know more in the next few days, but it’s a lot better than I thought it was at the time,” he said.

Rawiller is currently third on the Hong Kong jockey premiership table with 35 wins this season behind Zac Purton with 68 wins and Joao Moreira with 134.

In the short term Rawiller will miss the two upcoming international meetings, the Audemars Piguet QEII meeting on April 30th and the Champions Mile and Chairman's Sprint Prize meeting on May 7th. The current Hong Kong season finishes on July 16th.

Nash Rawiller celebrates with connections after a win at Happy Valley on February 2nd, 2017, picture Hong Kong Jockey Club