Harry Bannister, a jockey, will be out of the saddle for a considerable amount of time after undergoing three surgeries for a dislocated hip sustained in a severe crash at Stratford over the weekend.
When Godrevy Point, trained by Richard Bandey, collapsed in the 2m 5f handicap chase at the track last Saturday, Bannister was hurt. The rider was sent to the University Hospital Coventry.
He underwent two procedures to realign his hip and repair a broken piece of bone in his hip, and he is now recovering in the hospital.
Bannister said on Thursday morning: “I’m as well as I can be. It’s sore and I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, I must admit. It’s one of those unfortunate things and I’ve just got to take it, it could’ve been worse and we’ll march on and have another go.
“I dislocated my hip but when it did so it broke some of the hip off with it. I’ve had to have a few surgeries, one to put the hip back in place and two to tape it back together. In terms of the force of the fall, I think unfortunately a lot of volume got put into one area.”
The multiple Grade 2-winning jockey expects to leave the hospital quickly and head back to his house in Lambourn before starting his recuperation, but he has no idea when he will be able to ride in races once more.
“Falling at Stratford I thought I may have gone to a hospital closer to home, but I’m quite far away as Coventry is a major trauma centre,” Bannister added. “Luckily Mum, Dad and my girlfriend Rosie have all been very good coming to see me.
“I’ll get back doing physiotherapy at Oaksey House and then we’ll slightly start coming up with a timescale.
“Hopefully I’ll be out of hospital by the end of the week, but I’m not 100 per cent sure yet, it depends on how happy the doctors are with my movement and how well the two surgeries went.”