Untimely break for Blake Spriggs

Blake Spriggs fell after clipping the heels of Marvin (Jay Ford) at Kembla Grange on Saturday. Picture: DEAN OSLAND

Blake Spriggs fell after clipping the heels of Marvin (Jay Ford) at Kembla Grange on Saturday. Picture: DEAN OSLAND

HORSE RACING

Form jockey Blake Spriggs is counting his lucky stars after a race fall at Kembla Grange on Saturday left him with a broken collarbone.

Spriggs conceded things could have been far worse after watching the fall on Stephen Hood-trained Dancing Beauty on replay.

The young jockey escaped with just a small fracture to his right collarbone and will be out of the saddle for three to four weeks if all goes well.

"I'm feeling a bit sore, but not as much I thought I would be," Spriggs said.

"The doctor is pretty confident I'll only be out for a few weeks so it didn't end up so bad."

Spriggs clipped the heels of Jay Ford on Marvin at the top of the straight and fell heavily in the Maiden Plate (2000m).

"I felt I was travelling really well so I thought I'd try and get into a winning position," Spriggs said.

"It felt like a winning chance and, as I improved on the outside of Jay Ford, I caught his heels and fell.

"I wasn't 100 per cent sure what I had done, but I didn't get up straight away because I could feel it [collarbone] out of place."

Spriggs had been in red-hot form and was coming into the new season in career best form.

"Considering the way I finished last season [the timing] probably isn't great," he lamented.

"I was on a good roll and was getting some momentum going ... I think I've ridden 16 winners over the past three weeks."

While sidelined, Spriggs will take the chance to go on a European holiday with his Swedish girlfriend.

The hoop will spend 12 days in Rome and parts of Sweden.

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