Stanley out injured – Article by Tony McMahon
Published 14 February 2022
Top jockey Justin Stanley has “scratched “ himself from riding engagements for the next week after a barrier stalls accident at Rockhampton races last Friday. Stanley injured his right shoulder in the barrier when the field was loaded for the first race.
Stewards reported that his mount She’s Winning and subsequent runner-up in the 2Y0 Handicap jumped awkwardly with Stanley inuring his shoulder.
On Sunday the obliging jockey provided a more detailed account of the incident.
“The horse tried to duck under the gates when standing in the barriers. I pulled it up but the sudden action resulted in me jerking the right shoulder.
I feel it is mainly muscle damage and not so much the shoulder. It feels a little better today (Sunday) but is not right. I am booked into my doctor on Monday”, Stanley said.
As a consequence of the incident, Stanley was relieved of his other rides at Friday’s RJC meeting.
Stewards ordered he provide a medical certificate before he could ride again.
He also forfeited rides at Townsville races last Saturday.
Justin said that he was confident that no serious damage was done to his right shoulder which he had previously dislocated some considerable time ago.
He explained his decision to stand himself down from riding including next Saturday reasoning “ I want to do the right thing”.
“I didn’t want to take rides at next Saturday’s Callaghan Park races and then not being fit enough to ride. I didn’t want to let people down as there is usually a shortage of jockeys available at those meetings. By taking this early action I am giving trainers every opportunity to book other jockeys early”, he said.
Stanley is hoping for a positive medical report as he has some important rides coming up.
“I will be riding Sweet Dolly in her first run back very soon and I want to be right for her”, he said.
Star Kevin Hansen trained Sweet Dolly and Stanley have a perfect score of four from four.
The winner of almost $500k in stakes, they last went racing on March 13 last year winning the Rich 2Y0 Jewel at the Gold Coast.
The pair is scheduled to link-up again in the Mackay 3Y0 Jewel Qualifier (1200m) on Saturday February 26
The RJC has extended until 9am Tuesday nominations for all races at Callaghan Park next Saturday.
Brilliant short course Nick Walsh trained mare Aleysa’s Dream is nominated for the Open Handicap (1050m) at Mackay on Tuesday.
The recent Brisbane winner is among 21 Rocky horses contesting the TAB Mackay card.