Fareed Anthony Sidelined

Veteran jockey suffers injury set back

Fareed Anthony

Fareed Anthony

Having recently returned from an extended absence from our tracks, veteran Cape rider Fareed Anthony was dealt a blow on Saturday, 9 April 2016 at Kenilworth.

After piloting Glen Puller-trained Larimar to victory in the 3rd race on the day’s card, the 3yo gelding ducked just after the line, unseating Anthony and resulting in a wrist injury and a trip to hospital.

“I’ve been lucky about breaking things all these years and luckily I managed to fall quite safely.   Because my horse ducked, I managed to avoid the rest of the field, but my arm ended up in the way.   It took all the impact and the doc says he can’t understand why it didn’t break.  He says my bone density must be so hard that the arm would rather jump out of the socket than break,” he joked.

Anthony, who has been riding predominantly for the Piet Steyn and Glen Puller yards recently says, “I’m really enjoying it.  I love Glen and have ridden a lot of winners for him over the years.  There are few people who can buy horses like he can – he doesn’t have any Joostes or Van Niekerk’s in his yard.  The horses have just had all their injections and things and it’s very frustrating as it was my first winner back.  I’ve been working hard and we’ve had all these horses running places that are coming up in the next few weeks, but what can you do?”

However, he remains characteristically upbeat.  “I’m very relaxed – I haven’t taken any pain killers yet!  Fortunately it’s only ligament damage, which isn’t so bad and I should get over it a bit quicker than a break, so at the moment I’m booked off till the 26th of May.”

We wish him a speedy recovery.

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