Jockey Thomas Sadler has sustained a broken leg from a freak accident during Sunday’s $40,000 Moredun Hill Open Steeplechase (3800m) at Casterton.
Sadler was aboard the Symon Wilde-trained Kuridala ($5 equal favourite) who was one of six competitors in the ten-horse field who didn’t complete the course.
When the Nathan Dunn-trained Tailored ($61) fell at the fence with approximately 1500 metres remaining, Kosuke Kawakami was unseated from Mannertone ($13) in trying to avoid the fallen Tailored.
Kuridala was at the rear of the field and Sadler plotted a path between Tailored and Mannertone, only for Tailored to kick Sadler as he was riding past aboard Kuridala.
Sadler immediately pulled Kuridala out of the race and was taken by ambulance from the racecourse to Hamilton Hospital.
Scans at Hamilton Hospital revealed Sadler had sustained a fractured tibia, requiring surgery, with the decision made on Sunday evening to transport the 24-year-old to Epworth Hospital for further medical treatment.
The race was won by the Steven Pateman-trained Surging Wave ($10), ridden by Tom Ryan, whom accompanied Sadler at Hamilton Hospital after the incident.