Hol­land gone for six weeks

Townsville Bulletin - - The Form - townsville­bul­letin. com. au

JOCKEY Dean Hol­land will be out of ac­tion for up to six weeks af­ter suf­fer­ing back frac­tures in a race fall at Sandown.

Hol­land crashed heav­ily f r o m t h e D a v i d H a y e s - trained Count La Za near the home turn in yes­ter­day’s Bet­fair Hand­i­cap ( 2400m).

Scans at Ep­worth Hos­pi­tal re­vealed two mi­nor frac­tures on the edges of ver­te­brae in Hol­land’s lower back.

Hol­land’s mother and man­ager, Belinda, said she ex­pected her son to be dis­charged from hos­pi­tal to­day.

‘‘ He is staying in hos­pi­tal again overnight for pain man­age­ment more than any­thing else,’’ she said.

‘‘ He won’t have to have an op­er­a­tion to fuse them but he may not ride again for up to six weeks.’’

Stew­ards ad­journed an in­quiry into the fall un­til Hol­land has re­cov­ered.

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