News

Allan Chau fractures neck in horror race fall at Grafton

Jockey Allan Chau is all smiles after winning race 6, the Tooheys Old Handicap, on Tuesday. Photo: JoJo Newby/The Daily Examiner
Jockey Allan Chau is all smiles after winning race 6, the Tooheys Old Handicap, on Tuesday. Photo: JoJo Newby/The Daily Examiner Jojo Newby

AS THE rest of the racing nation was abuzz with the final countdown to Black Caviar's brilliant return at Flemington, Grafton jockey Allan Chau was being rushed to Grafton Hospital on a spinal board.

Chau was thrown to the ground when his mount Simple Love crashed to the turf on the home turn during the meeting at the Clarence River Jockey Club on Saturday.

As the rest of the field galloped to the winning post, Chau and his horse Simple Love remained motionless on the turf.

Ambulance paramedics were quickly on the scene to attend to the unconscious Chau, placing him on a spinal board and transferring him to Grafton Hospital. 

The horse eventually freed itself from the running rail to canter down the straight to the cheers of the Ulmarra Chip-In Cup day crowd, without signs of obvious injury.

Initial reports from Grafton Hospital suggested Chau had regained consciousness and could feel his arms and legs, but couldn't move his neck and had some bleeding from the ears and nose.

With a broken neck on his prior medical record, doctors are taking no chances.

Racing NSW Jockeys Medical Liason Officer, Dr Ron Muratore, has confirmed that Allan has a fractured C2, and he will now be transferred him to Gold Coast Hospital for further treatment.

Chau was to be flown via helicopter to the Gold Coast on Saturday night, but poor weather has postponed that move until this morning (Sunday).

``Allan has had CT scans and has a fractured C2 vertebrae,'' fellow jockey and close friend Matthew Paget said.

``He's conscious, and can move his arms and legs, so at this early stage it doesn't look as though it will impact his use of his arms and legs.

``It will mean a fair time out of the saddle, and given that it is his second broken neck, it will be up to the doctors to assess the risk if he is to come back to riding in the future.

In April 2011, Chau broke two vertebrae in his neck, the C4 and C5, fractured four ribs and broke another when he was thrown over the head of Glenrock Doney in a race fall at Port Macquarie.

We will endeavour to keep updates coming through on this link when they come to hand.

Topics:  clarence river jockey club crjc grafton racecourse jockey race fall



Misty mornings strike eerie chord

MYSTICAL: Misty morning shot over Clarrie Hall Dam.

Behind the Lens with Tweed photographer Ryan Fowler

Tweed teen targets Tokyo

LOADED UP: Rachel Loder after her title win.

Tweed teen wins national boxing title

Aboriginal call for crackdown on climbing Mt Warning

The sacred aboriginal site of Wollumbin/Mt Warning

"The aboriginal community feels a great deal of responsibility"

Local Partners

Students foster bush tucker label

FORMER NRL legend Preston Campbell gives the thumbs up to Banora Point High indigenous students for creating a new bush tucker food label.


Man builds playground entirely out of packing tape

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

VIDEO:And here's where you can play on it.

Cooly sings out for carols

Santa gets ready to skydive into the Coolangatta Christmas Carols on Sunday, December 13. Photo: Scott Powick Daily News

Santa dropping in for Christmas Carols at Coolangatta

Countdown to Woodford Folk Festival begins

ECONOMIC BOON: Woodford Folk Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  Photo Contributed

The first larger-than-life inhabitants have stepped into Woodfordia

Brad Pitt bids to keep custody battle private

Brad Pitt will go to court to keep his custody battle private

Sia has split from her husband

Sia has split from her husband Erik Anders Lang.

Amy Schumer thanks Barbie trolls for hateful comments

Amy Schumer is in the lead role for the new Barbie movie

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing for destroyed sex life

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing her former manager

Azealia Banks' battery case against Russell Crowe dropped

Russell Crowe will not be charged with battery

Mel Gibson named Best Director at AACTA Awards

Mel Gibson poses in the media room after winning the AACTA Award for Best Direction for Hacksaw Ridge.

HIS wartime drama Hacksaw Ridge sweeps 6th annual awards in Sydney.

Horse haven on big acreage in Murwillumbah

55 Glencoe Road, Murwillumbah

Check out this week's feature property.

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!