Jockey Tahlia Fenlon sidelined by Twin Hills injury: by Tony McMahon.
Published 25 September 2022
Last season’s Capricornia, Rockhampton and Mackay’s premiership winning apprentice Tahlia Fenlon will be sidelined for at least six weeks after injuring both ankles at Twin Hills races on Saturday.
Fenlon 19, was riding the Kevin Miller, Rockhampton trained Corabetty onto the track for the Maiden Plate (1100m) when it bucked during its preliminary unseating her and jumping her onto the track.
“The horse bucked and Tahlia was still desperately trying to hold on to the reins to stop it getting loose and she landed awkwardly on the track on the balls of both heels”, her father Tony Fenlon said.
As a consequence of the incident, Tahlia was provided medical attention on course from ambulance officers whilst another ambulance was despatched from Clermont about 130km away.
After it arrived, she was subsequently transported to Clermont Hospital where it was diagnosed that she sustained a broken right ankle and sprained left ankle.
“As there were no radiologists available at the Clermont Hospital, Tahlia was treated there, attended and medicated for some time before her mother Jodie drove her into Rockhampton to the Base Hospital on Saturday night. They got in there at 2am (Sunday) and Xray’s confirmed that the right ankle was broken and the left badly sprained”, Tony Fenlon said,As a result of her injuries Tahlia has a cast applied to the right ankle and a moon boot fitted to the left.
Her father said it was confirmed that surgery would not be required for the right ankle.‘’Tahlia was lucky it could have been a lot worse. We are very relieved”, Tony Fenlon said,
Naturally, stewards subsequently scratched the unraced Corabetty and barred it from racing until its trials to their satisfaction.
It had previously trialled on three occasions without incident.
In a short but brilliant career that commenced at Gladstone races in May last year, Rockhampton based Tahlia Fenlon has ridden over 90 winners and won numerous awards in the process.
She rode two winners at the its first day of the Twin Hills Annuals on Friday and was atop of the points score for the leading rider prior to her misfortune.
Tahlia had a full book of six rides at the Rockhampton Jockey Club’s transferred Keppel Park, Yeppoon race meeting on Tuesday.