Rebeka Prest will be thanking her lucky stars that she will be able to ride again, let alone walk, after a horrific fall at Wagga Wagga on December 1.
Riding the Peter and Shirley owned White Emperor in the 1200m Maiden Handicap for Tumut trainer Kerry Weir, Prest was dislodged over the head of the three-year-old before hitting the earth and taking a nasty tumble.
A group of runners were in close quarters just before the 800m pole, when the Roman Emperor gelding appeared to clip the heels of Zarsnip after Pasaga shifted out ever so slightly.
The Weir runner then lost balance but kept his feet after Prest had fallen.
Prest suffered a stable fracture in the twelfth thoracic vertebra but avoided the need for surgery and explained she will be placed in a special brace to help the heeling process.
“I’m home as comfortable as can be,” she said.
“I’m getting fitted with a back brace, I had an angel look over me that’s for sure.”
Weir, who quite often books Prest to ride for his Tumut stable, suggested there was very little in the incident and it was just bad luck.
“He (White Emperor) just clipped the horse on the outside of him that ended up running second,” he said.
“There wasn’t much in it, it’s just one of those things that happens in racing.”
Racing NSW has launched an inquiry into the incident, which has been adjourned for a date to be fixed.
A post-race veterinary examination of White Emperor did not reveal any abnormalities.
Weir, who now has Megan Creed and Rebeka Prest unavailable to ride his horses, will likely continue on with the services of popular local hoop, Simon Miller.