Thornton to bounce back in a fortnight

Trudy Thornton returning to scale after winning on Celebrity Miss on Auckland Cup Day. She will miss the mount on her at Te Rapa on Saturday. (Photo: Wally O'Hearn).

Trudy Thornton and Celebrity Miss after winning on Auckland Cup Day. She will miss the mount on her at Te Rapa on Saturday. (Photo: Wally O’Hearn).

 

 Cambridge jockey Trudy Thornton expects to be back riding in a fortnight despite the injuries she suffered in a fall at Hastings last Saturday.

Thornton was dislodged from Apache Fireworks when her mount was checked halfway down the home straight in the Winning Edge Hawke’ Bay Cup.

“I’ve got a couple of broken ribs and a punctured lung,” said Thornton. “The lung isn’t a major injury, it was only a small puncture and just a bit inflated. But my broken ribs are a bit annoying. I should be right again in two weeks.”

One of the toughest in the business, Thornton drove herself home from Hastings and it was when visiting A&E later that evening she discovered the punctured lung.

Thornton said Apache Fireworks was travelling into the race when held up for a run and clipped heels. Surprisingly nobody was charged over the interference caused.

The fall continued a horror run being experienced by Matamata trainer Mark Brosnan. A race earlier his charge Free And Bold, ridden by Thornton, broke down and had to be destroyed and that followed a fatal injury suffered by stablemate Keep Rocking in trackwork.

“I felt so sorry for Mark,” said Thornton. “He deserves a change of luck.”