Jack Milner: Following a second MRI scan on Wednesday afternoon, jockey Piere Strydom has been advised to take a break from riding for the next four to six weeks.
Strydom was injured in Race 4 at the Vaal last Thursday when he rode Refuge. As they jumped his left stirrup iron broke and he lost balance and came off the horse.
A subsequent MRI scan revealed he had a fracture on the neck but the radiologist felt it was an old fracture.
He had a week’s rest and returned for a second MRI scan on Wednesday. “It revealed I do have a fracture but it is not displaced,” Strydom said. “However, they still recommended that I do not ride for the next four to six weeks.
“I don’t have an option but to sit out the next few weeks because if I should fall again in that period the consequences could be serious.”
As a result he will not be taking up any rides at the Vaal on Thursday.
Strydom now joins three other champion jockeys on the sidelines – Anthony Delpech, Anton Marcus and Gavin Lerena.