Jockey Jess Eaton escapes major injuries after fall at Morphettville on May 1

LEADING jockey Jess Eaton has escaped serious injuries following her fall from Pelonomena in the Port Adelaide Cup at Morphettville last Saturday.

Eaton, who was taken to hospital shortly after the race and was still in hospital on Sunday as a precaution, said she was feeling better.

“I’ve been cleared of any major injuries that would require surgery which is a big relief,’’ Eaton said.

“I had some stitches on a cut on my leg and I’ve got a slightly punctured lung but it’s less than 10 per cent so it should heal quickly.

“It was disappointing to miss the ride in the Group 1 but I was rapt to see Ecumenical run a super race and hopefully there will be other opportunities for me.

“I’m not sure how long I’ll be sidelined for but I can’t wait to get back on the horse.’’

Eaton’s mount appeared to clip the heels of Canford inside the 600m mark, stumbled and then dislodged her.

A stewards’ inquiry into the incident will be heard when Eaton is fit to attend.

A post-race veterinary examination revealed Pelonomena to be lame in the near foreleg and near hind leg.

Jockey Dom Tourneur was unseated when his horse Exalted Fire was hampered in the same incident but was cleared to carry on riding at the meeting.

Originally published asEaton cleared of major injuries

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