Serious leg injury suffered by Norvall

Rogan Norvall registered a sentimental win on Memories Only (inner) at Rotorua.

Rogan Norvall registered a sentimental win on Memories Only (inner) at Rotorua.

Cambridge stables had a successful innings at Te Aroha yesterday, but all the thoughts from the centre are with injured jockey Rogan Norvall.

Norvall was hoping to add to Cambridge’s haul of four wins in the first seven races (Terrifique, Von Tunzelman, He Kin Fly and I’llav Bubbles) when he went out on Livingston for the eighth event, the NZB Insurance Pearl Series 1600, but disaster struck.

When being loaded into his stall, Livingston rushing back out and Norvall’s left leg was caught against the back of the gate near the hinge and twisted.

Norvall’s cries of pain could be heard over Trackside TV coverage and he was carried to the ambulance and transferred to the Waikato Hospital, where it was discovered he has broken his leg in three places.

Norvall has suffered fractures of the tibia and fibia bones, one being a spiral fracture and the other a compound fracture. He also has a break higher up the leg.

Cambridge trainer Linda Laing, a close friend and Norvall’s biggest supporter, visited Norvall in Waikato Hospital last night and says he was in good spirits, despite the major injury,

“After it happened he sent me a text to say he wouldn’t be at work in the morning,” said Laing. “That’s typical of him.

“It’s the same leg he injured about four years ago.”

The injury has come just when Norvall has enjoyed a bit of success, notching wins on Neala and Memories Only for Laing.

Update:

Norvall underwent surgery this morning to have a rod inserted into the injured leg and friend and fellow jockey Mark Du Plessis says he has come through the operation well.

“He’s a bit groggy but he seems to have come through the operation well,” said Du Plessis when visiting his mate soon after the surgery.