Renowned Jockey Martin Harley Makes Comeback After Neck Injury

An equestrian event at Ipswich saw Martin Harley, a renowned jockey, sustain a minor neck injury following an incident at the starting barriers. The incident occurred four weeks ago when a horse, trained by Chris Munce, collapsed in the gates and caused Harley to be flung forward, resulting in a neck impact as he attempted to prevent the fall. Although the injury was not severe, it necessitated a visit to a specialist, and scans confirmed no significant damage. This is Harley’s second neck injury, with the previous one occurring in January of the prior year, which had him fortunate to still be able to walk after a midweek fall during a race.

Martin Harley had secured a symbolic victory at the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas in January, a redemption following a year marred by injury that nearly ended his career. He expressed this victory as a cherished moment, providing him solace after a challenging period of recuperation and recovery leading up to the race.

The Irish jockey has expressed gratitude that his recent incident was not as catastrophic as it could have been. The injury was less serious than the one he suffered last year, where a broken neck had him hospitalized. Now, after a month-long break to aid in healing, Harley is ready to return to racing. He aims to take part in the upcoming winter carnival, potentially guiding the horse ‘Abounding’ through the Stradbroke Handicap campaign.

Source: Punters

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