Seymour seriously injured at Townsville races

Published 24 January 2023

Seymour seriously injured at Townsville races

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Former Rockhampton apprentice jockey, the now Mackay based Nicole (Nicky) Seymour 27 was seriously injured in a freak accident at Townsville races last Saturday.

Nicky sustained multiple fractures of the pelvis when her mount Wit took fright after bumping the enclose gate pre-race and then went backwards crashing over a railing outside the jockeys’ room.

“The mare (Wit) had a bit of a moment after bumping the gate and went backwards with me in the saddle before continuing on and going up after hitting the back fence. It went over and she landed on top of me on concrete. 

I knew instantly I had broken my pelvis. As I had gotten out from under her and was scrambling to get up, I rolled out the back. Then I copped kicks and knocks from her (horse) as she was getting to her feet”, Nicky said on Monday morning. 

As a result, the popular and talented apprentice who was just gaining traction in her career after her second provincial race winner Lingjun Topgun at Rockhampton last Thursday, was hospitalised in Townsville.

There she had scans which diagnosed the extent of her injuries.

“I’m back in Mackay now (Monday)out of hospital but I go back into Mackay hospital on Tuesday. More scans will be done there and they will be sent to a specialist in Brisbane. That will determine if I am to have surgery”, Nicky said.

Stressing that she was in good spirits, the very popular hard working young jockey maintained her characteristic sense of humour.

“At least I did not fall off Wit and suppose you could say I rode her to the ground”, she joked. 

Akin with most jockeys renowned for their resilience, Seymour, a pocket dynamo weighing about 52.5k dismissed the incident.

“It was just one of those things. It was nobody’s fault”, she said. 

Wit trained Tracy Simmons at Mackay to whom Nicky Seymour is indentured to, remains one of horse lover Nicky’s favourites.

“It wasn’t her fault as I said it was just one of those things that happen”, she stressed.

Wit and Nicky Seymour had won two races recently at Mackay where the jockey rode her first winning TAB race double.

Nicky started off Saturday’s Townville meeting with two third placegetters prior to her mishap.     

It is wretched luck for the young woman who has had to enjure a number of setbacks in her jockeying career to date.

Just a week after gaining her provincial jockeys’ licence Nicky landed an early Christmas present notching her first such graded win on that circuit on Fighting Fury at Rockhampton on December 23.

Prior to that she had toiled on the country racing circuits to re-establish her career after an extended break.

Seymour held a number of bookings at the Emerald TAB races on Tuesday as well as at Callaghan Park, Rockhampton this coming Friday.

 

Tony McMahon.

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