Gauteng Jockey’s Vaal Fall Leads To Surgery

Unfortunate accident after the 8th race at Vaal

Gauteng jockey Jarryd Penny goes under the surgeon’s knife at the Life Bedford Gardens Hospital this evening after he came off his mount in the final race at the Vaal on Tuesday.

Shortly after the finish Jarryd parted company with Southern Style after the filly stumbled.

Jarryd Penny with his long-time partner Jessica Marran (Pic – Supplied)

He was attended to by the Course Paramedics and transported to the on-course Medical Centre for further examination.

Shandre Habib kindly confirmed to the Sporting Post that Southern Style was in good health, but that Jarryd had been less fortunate, and that after x-rays, a decision was made to operate on the 31 year old rider’s right wrist.

A journeyman with close on 250 winners to his credit, the hardworking Jarryd Penny is a regular visitor to Zimbabwe and rode a hat-trick on the final day of 2023 at Borrowdale Park.

Jarryd  joined the SA Jockey Academy in 2010, alongside Donovan Dillon, Mandla Ntuli, Franklin Maleking, Lerato Mohapi and Bryan Claassen.

His first winner came at his 34th ride on 14 April 2012 when he steered Alyson Wright’s plucky grey Penhaligo to victory at Hollywoodbets Scottsville.

Jarryd poses with trainer Grant Maroun after a win (Pic – JC Photos)

Jarryd has the distinction of winning the Tommy Hotspur handicap twice in a row – first on Viking Hero and then on Wrecking Ball.

He also won the 2023 Gr3 Acacia Stakes on the Mike de Kock-trained Clafoutis, as well as a number of features North of the Limpopo.

The Sporting Post is aware that the insurance landscape has changed dramatically for jockeys in 2024, and that benefits like income protection cover have largely diminished.

Ed – Thanks to Shandre Habib for keeping us updated and best of luck for a speedy recovery to Jarryd.

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