Injured Jockey Released from Hospital after Race Fall

Steve Bennett Steve Bennett
  • Rachel Shred suffers second fall in six months
Rachel Shred suffers a second race fall


North Queensland rider Rachel Shred was taken to hospital yesterday after suffering her second fall in six months.

The incident occurred at the Townsville meeting on Thursday just after the start of race three on the program.

The runners were stretched across the track, all looking for positions when Shred’s mount Keighley Sun was tightened for room and was sandwiched between runners.

This forced her mount to become unbalanced, tipping the young apprentice out of the saddle and down to the turf, as they passed the 900m mark.

Paramedics were on the scene quickly and treated her for a leg injury before transporting her to the Townsville Hospital.

She was discharged later that night suffering from a torn ACL and fractured tibia.

This was the second incident for the 22-year-old rider since suffering a similar fall in November last year at a Cooktown meeting.

The incident is a big setback for the young jockey as she is now racing the clock to be fit, in time for the newly revised North Queensland Winter Carnivals.


Winter Carnivals To Go Ahead

Racing Queensland (RQ) have announced that the North Queensland Winter Racing Carnivals will go ahead, however they will proceed with major changes.

The current Covid-19 pandemic has forced a change to the racing dates, as well as a reduction in the prizemoney.

The feature race meetings will follow the same pattern but be run two weeks later than originally planned.

The carnivals kick off in Rockhampton with their Cup Day meeting now to be held on Friday, 17 July (instead of Saturday 4 July), with the Rockhampton Newmarket and Magic Millions Capricorn Guineas to be run on the same day.

The action then moves north to Mackay where Cup Day will now occur on Friday 31 July (in place of Saturday, 11 July), with the Mackay Newmarket and Magic Millions Whitsunday Guineas also to be run that day.

Townsville is the next port of call where the Townsville Cup and Cleveland Bay Classic will now be run on Friday 14 August (instead of Saturday, 25 July), and it will see the Magic Millions Townsville Guineas also run that day.

The action concludes with the Cairns Cup Day now to be run on Friday 28 August which will also see the Cairns Newmarket and Daintree Guineas run on that day as well.

Whilst patron-free racing remains in force, RQ announced recently that the two Northern Racing Zones can now amalgamate and become a single zone, allowing connections to participate in events from Rockhampton north to Cairns.

This gives more freedom to owners and trainers and also opens up more opportunities for the north’s jockeys as well.