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Jockey injured in horror race fall at Scone

Jockey Jenny Duggan was taken to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital after a shocking fall in the last race at Scone on Friday.Duggan was going to be flown to the hospital but a storm meant she was taken via road by ambulance after complaining of pain in her ankle and shoulder.Duggan’s mount Steamboat Sally was attempting…

Jockey Jenny Duggan was taken to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital after a shocking fall in the last race at Scone on Friday.

Duggan was going to be flown to the hospital but a storm meant she was taken via road by ambulance after complaining of pain in her ankle and shoulder.

Duggan’s mount Steamboat Sally was attempting to make a run between two horses when it got squeezed out of it and fell.

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Duggan went over the top of her horse and Robert Thompson’s mount Tombolo tripped over it and the recently turned 62-year-old too fell but walked away unharmed.

Steward Shane Cullen said Duggan’s injuries weren’t life threatening.

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“She may have a possible broken shoulder and broken heel, that was the report from the track,” Cullen said. “The only thing that I was sure of was that the injuries weren’t life threatening. That was from the ambulance officers.”

Thompson drove himself home but it’s understood he won’t be riding for at least four more days to recover after being knocked about a little.

Duggan’s mount Steamboat Sally is “touch and go” according to trainer Cody Morgan, who said her condition had deteriorated in the hours after the fall.

Dr Drill powers to victory in Cup

When Ciaron Maher and David Eustace took Age Of Fire to the Scone Cup last year to run last, Sydney stable foreman Annabel Neasham told them they better bring something better for the race in 2020 — and they did.

Dr Drill was the horse they picked as their Scone Cup runner this year and he didn’t let the team down with a gritty win after given a top ride by Keagan Latham.

The five-year-old got into a good spot behind the speed and when a gap opened up in the straight, Latham drove him through it and the talented stayer did the rest. He beat a wall of horses who produced big finishes as $3.90 favourite Phaistos ran second, with Sambro in third while Black On Gold ran one of the best seventh placings you’ll ever see.

Neasham, who runs the Maher/Eustace Sydney operation, said this year the trip out to Scone was worth it.

“It was super,” she said. “We were quite confident this would be his sort of race and it was a beautiful ride from Keagan. I said to him ‘just really cuddle the horse.’. Last start we just rode him a little bit wrong over 1400m when we had him at his top the whole way.

“We knew he’d travel much further at a mile. He’s got a really good turn of foot.”

Dr Drill has been trained differently since arriving at the Maher/Eustace stable to be successful in the Australian conditions. And he proved to be good value for his followers when sent out an $11 chance yesterday after running 11th last start at Randwick.

“He was at 2400m horse back in Europe but Ciaron does a great job with these European horses and getting a bit of speed back into their legs,” Neasham said.

Earlier in the day, The Bopper won the $100,000 Inglis 2YO Challenge (1100m) by a huge margin as Kris Lees looks to have found a very good horse.

The Bopper led them up from a wide gate then kicked again at the top of the straight to defeat Miss Kojiki by four lengths with Samantha Clenton on board.

“He showed us a bit from day one,” Lees said. “He trialled up well, was impressive on debut and probably went to another level today. He looks to be a nice horse in the making.’’

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