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Fortune Under The Knife

Wear and tear takes its toll on the champion

Andrew Fortune – light duty

Veteran jockey Andrew Fortune will be having knee surgery this week, but is only expecting to be out for three weeks.

Fortune had made recent inroads into Gavin Lerena’s lead in the National Jockeys Championships, but he now admits a top five finish would be a good result.

Fortune was booked off his rides on Saturday due to swelling in the knee and cancelled his rides for Monday’s meeting at Flamingo Park.

However, he did ride on Tuesday and notched up his 100th winner of the season.

The years of attrition from jockeyship has led to arthritis in the knee. He has no cartilage left in the joint. The operation will be in order to clean the knee out, i.e. to get rid of the bone chips etc.

Fortune recently copped a ten day suspension for a riding misdemeanour and will take it while recuperating.

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6 comments on “Fortune Under The Knife

  1. James George says:

    On 8th March Fortune was found guilty of contravening rule 58.10.2 and was handed a 10 day suspension
    “OK Andy when do you want to take this suspension,now,after the July or maybe at end of year”?
    “Look chaps I have a wonky knee that will put me out of racing for about 3 weeks from about the 22 March,.can I take my suspension then”?
    Are you trying to pull a Lerena on us,Andy?

    :.

  2. Brian says:

    Has he not already served his suspension? Is so, what’s the point James

    1. James George says:

      According to SP— ‘Fortune recently copped a ten day suspension for a riding misdemeanour and will take it while recuperating’
      That is the point.

      1. Brian says:

        Fair enough, but even so, he was suspended from riding etc etc. Not imprisoned. I see no problem here. I always say with Fortune, when he rides you know you’re getting a run for your money.

  3. Leonie ermacora says:

    Sad how people can be vindictive. Jocks don’t earn if they don’t ride ! And let’s not slag now ! If he takes it while recovering it’s not against the law and many jocks have done so in the past ! ..how does it effect anyone ???? As for wonky knees…is that also a crime to be injured ?

  4. Blue Peter. says:

    Why not do the operation during the suspension? Are we saying a jockey under suspension may not make an overseas trip with the family. Same difference to me. Get well soon Andrew.

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