Butler sidelined with injury! Article by Tony McMahon

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Gifted Rockhampton heavyweight jockey Ashley Butler is likely to be trackside at Rockhampton’s St Peters Race Day on Saturday but not in his usual role.

Thousands of racegoers are expected to attend the gala day and as expected a seven-race card was confirmed yesterday THURSDAY when the QTIS $27K 3YO Maiden (1050m) was split into two divisions.

Butler broke his index finger of the left hand when involved in what he first thought was a minor matter after being dumped by his mount Diego Bay at Townsville races last Friday.

“The horse walked around the enclosure quietly but when I mounted him for the ride he bucked and threw me to the sh… house. I got up and got back on him and thought my hand was OK. It seemed a harmless tumble but when I got to the barriers my finger started throbbing and was sore.

I rode the horse (finished third) but after that ride it got worse”, Butler said.

Subsequently, Butler was stood down from riding from the remainder of the Townsville card.

“I have to have a special brace fitted as the finger is broken between the two knuckles. It could have been worse”, Ashley said.

However, the injury has already proven costly as Butler has had to forfeit winning rides including the Ricky Vale trained Extreme Witness as Mackay races yesterday. THURSDAY
It is likely that Butler will be sidelined for at least six weeks.

He joins premier jockey Justin Stanley on the injured list as he is indisposed through a wrist injury until early in the New Year.

Bot riders would have been in demand on Saturday at Callaghan Park at which nine jockeys will take part.

They include fly-in jockeys Les Tilley; Brad Pengelly; Nathan Thomas; Adam Sewell and a new name to the ‘’club” in Jordan Grob.

South East Queensland based Grob most recently rode this month at Ballina and Toowoomba and he has had considerable experience.

He too has overcome injuries during his career such as a broken neck as a result of a race incident at the Gold Coast in September 2018.

Grob has four bookings – Adrian Coome’s Ascot Princess; Michael and Christine Dore’s The Girl Is Wild; Jim Lewis’ Commander’s Watch as well as Jared Wehlow’s Despirito.

Sunshine Coast based trainer Garnett Taylor will start two horses in Bold Endeavour (Carly-Mae Pye Memorial, 1300m) and Flying Blonde (Second 3YO Maiden, 1050m).

Both will be ridded by Caloundra’s Nathan Thomas who is commanding a significant following at the regional TAB meetings.

Taylor had very much a mixed day of results at Mackay’s TAB races yesterday. THURSDAY

His race favourites Bold Enchantment ($3.20) and Blue’s Ready ($3.50) both missed placings in their respective races before Bold Xavvi improved matters by winning the open company race.

The Rockhampton Jockey Club has advised that registrations for the highly prized Rocks Bar and Restaurant Yeppoon Fashions in the Field will open at 10.30 am Saturday.

“We are expecting very sizeable entries for all categories and these will take place from the booking booth just inside from the Callaghan Park race day entrance from 10.30am until 1pm Saturday”, the RJC’s Kelly Suli said.

With approximately $15K worth of prizes, it is expected that some spectacular fashions will be on display.

The Barcoo Amateur Race Club will stage the $12K Blackall Cup (1400m) on Saturday with the six-race program attracting 57 starters.

Brisbane jockey Matthew Palmer has a full book of rides and will have a huge following after riding five winners at the recent Longreach Cup meeting.


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