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Byleveld’s Knockout Summer Blow – Again!

Absence of paramedics at trackwork highlighted

MJ is stabilised by a paramedic

While his timing is lethal on the racetrack, Sun Met winning jockey MJ Byleveld has not had the same good fortune when it comes to injuries.

He was hospitalised early on Tuesday morning after falling heavily during trackwork at the Vaughan Marshall yard at Milnerton.

The Avontuur-sponsored rider told the Sporting Post from his hospital bed that he had suffered a fracture of the tibia and his ankle after his mount tragically suffered a heart attack.

MJ was awaiting the specialist, but sounded in groggy good spirits as he chatted to us and said that he had no idea how long he will be off.

He is likely to undergo surgery on Wednesday morning.

The dynamic rider has had no luck over the past few years, usually on the eve of the Cape Summer Season. That’s poor timing as he is attached to a top-class yard!

It’s a case of deja vu!

In 2019 he suffered a neck injury that kept him out for many months.

“I’m devastated. I didn’t need this kind of news on the eve of the Cape Summer Season,” a visibly disappointed MJ Byleveld told the Sporting Post in September 2018 just prior to undergoing complex back surgery.

In August 2016 he had an operation to repair the right leg injury he suffered when he was kicked by Ready To Attack after the 2015 Langerman.

The aspect of the absence of medical care at trackwork has again been highlighted, with onlookers informing the Sporting Post that the injured jockey had to wait ‘forever’ and as long as forty minutes for medical help. The racing industry surely owes our workriders better.

Best of luck MJ!

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18 comments on “Byleveld’s Knockout Summer Blow – Again!

  1. Avril Lerena says:

    This is heartbreaking news and once again the lack of immediate medical attention is highlighted. Wishing you a speedy recovery MJ.

  2. Margaret Bruce says:

    Sterkte MJ ons bid vir jou

    1. Editor says:

      Operasie Woensdag oggend
      Dokter se 4 tot 6 maande buite aksie 🙁

  3. Louis Goosen says:

    Yip, agree with Avril. We are a multi billion rand industry which wants the International Racing World to take us seriously, to buy from us etc….whilst we have no medical standby during track work….

    Get well soon, MJ !

  4. Gavin bechan says:

    Even if you paid me a million rand I will not be a jock.. Everytime you ride you putting your life on the line… Respect to the jocks

  5. Asgar Essack says:

    Hope and wish you a speedy recovery

  6. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Hel man MJ, dis nou bad luck. Ek weet jy lees SP, sterkte en hoop operasie loop goed af. Goeie Afr hierbo Mnr Ed, last my dink aan William M, sjoe Hy is stiller as Phumelela, hoop hy is Ok. Hello Rian …

    MJ Byleveld, cool guy, all the Best 🙏

    1. Editor says:

      Dankie Cecil
      Jy’s oppie kol – William M is tjoep stil!
      Gaan n bietjie opvolg doen 🙂

  7. Indran Maistry says:

    All the best MJ. Brilliant jockey. Get well soon

  8. Now that the need for daily medical support on racing centre premises has been mentioned, perhaps not for the first time, jockeys, work riders and all racing workers need to have the necessary safety backups to protect life and limb.
    Secondly, the horse that reportedly had a heart attack may have had a medical condition which was undiagnosed. In the interests of the animal and public’s perception about the abuse of race horses, might it not be in the interest of the horse racing industry to have in training horses medically checked on a regular basis for heart, lung and leg issues. Having just watched the recent Australian documentary on the Thoroughbred wastage issue, perhaps SA needs to further up its game on the welfare of race horse and stud animals.
    Thirdly a jockey/work rider to be out of work for 6 months is a huge physical and emotional issue. As someone who was savaged at the starting gates I know too well the dangers of the Sport of Kings. Once again I believe an Indaba on the future of SA Thoroughbred Racing ought to happen. If it has, then the facts need to be widely circulated in race cards, editorials and even news and media outlets.
    I wish MJ a speedy recovery.

  9. Brian Fredericks says:

    Hi MJ u be in my duaas Allah be with you when doc do the op u be fine stay strong and believe Bashier

  10. Joao says:

    MJ from all of us at the International Racing Club get well soon.

  11. Ashley says:

    Go blue bull go get better soon bru

  12. MJ says:

    Thank you all!🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Appreciate all the well wishes.

    1. Editor says:

      Stay tough MJ

  13. Mayen Naidoo says:

    God be with. Speedy recovery MJ

  14. bob kistnasamy says:

    Get well soon MJ. We are confident that you will bounce back quickly. You cannot keep a good man down for long.
    As for the presence of the medical team, we hope for the best arrangements, in the future.

  15. PL.NEL says:

    Okay I agree, so its R12 every time your pony goes to the track. Hey no problem. R8 for qualified work rider ,, and he will need to report a cough, a nose bleed and any other serious events and then the balance of R4 goes towards medical assistance at training facility. This expense is not for operator but for horse owner? Hey ,, I don’t mind paying for this bit of professionalism, I mean just imagine the proper feedback and attention our multi billion rand investment is going to get,, at last. Seriously this is the way forward. You sent a professional setup then our approach needs to be serious, and for those who are going to bxxtch about costs,, well go carting

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