Holland gone for six weeks
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.