New rider needed for Hanseatic as Currie falls at Moonee Valley

Steve Bennett in News 22 Feb 2020
  • Luke Currie suffers a fall
  • Blue Diamond favourite in need of another rider
Luke Currie aboard Hanseatic - PA Images

 

Luke Currie has suffered a post-race fall at Moonee Valley, leaving Hanseatic in need of a new jockey for the Blue Diamond Stakes.

Currie came off his mount (Yulong June) past the post in the last race of the night at Moonee Valley.

Paramedics were quick on the scene where Currie was conscious at the time and showed some movement in his limbs before being placed in a neck brace and taken to hospital where he was suspected of suffering concussion.

Matt Hyland, the Victorian Jockeys’ Association CEO, spoke to RSN 927 on Saturday morning.

“He’s got two fractured ribs, and a suspected fractured C7, so he won’t be riding” he said.

“He’s comfortable, but obviously a bit disappointed.”

Currie was set for back-to-back Blue Diamonds for Anthony Freedman and Godolphin, after their success in the race with Lyre last year.

Stewards took evidence from winning jockey James Winks (Leiter) and runner-up Jerry Chau (Mysticano) in relation to the fall, before adjourning the inquiry pending evidence from Currie who finished third in the event.

The $2.50 Blue Diamond favourite is now in need of a new rider with Currie laid up in Hospital.