‘There are broken bones but they will mend’: Trainer Jamie Osborne reveals jockey daughter Saffie, 18, broke her left arm, fractured ribs and punctured a lung in horror fall
- Jamie Osborne revealed daughter Saffie escaped serious injury after horror fall
- Osborne, 18, was thrown off saddle in Follow At The Races on Twitter Handicap
- Incident caused following race to be delayed and other rider was suspended
Apprentice jockey Saffie Osborne underwent an operation on a fractured left arm on Tuesday as the extent of the injuries she sustained in an x-rated fall at Windsor on Monday emerged.
Osborne’s trainer father Jamie had tweeted on Monday evening that his 18-year-old daughter had avoided serious injury – an acknowledgement that the outcome could have been much worse after she was unseated by mount Zeyzoun when he clipped heels and then trampled like a rag doll by the pursuing runners.
But as well as her arm fracture Saffie, who remains in Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, fractured ribs and punctured a lung.
Jockey Saffie Osborne, 18, was thrown off saddle in Follow At The Races on Twitter Handicap
Jamie, a former top jump jockey, said: ‘I was with her until 1am last night but can’t go back because of covid-19 so she is on her own, poor kid.
‘When you watched the fall you would have settled for what has happened to her. You kind of have a sense of when it’s not good and watching that fall, it had the potential to be a not very good outcome.
‘There are broken bones but they will mend.’
Saffie, in her first season as a professional jockey, was supposed to go abroad riding this Winter but that trip will now have to be delayed.
He father added: ‘This year was all about her gaining as much experience as possible so she’s experienced a little bit of everything now!’
Meanwhile, trainer Gordon Elliott has now decided to let dual Grand National winner Tiger Roll run on the Flat in a mile and three-quarter maiden at Navan tomorrow (Thursday). In a 37-race career, the 10-year-old’s only previous run on the Flat came in March 2016 when second at Dundalk.
As a reward for a successful 2020 season, trainer Johnny Murtagh has been added to the Aga Khan’s roster of trainers in Ireland for 2021. As a jockey, Murtagh’s successes for the Aga Khan included the 2000 Derby and Arc on Sinndar.