Unlucky Lacey hurt in another bad spill
JOCKEY Lacey Morrison's brave battle back to riding has suffered a cruel blow at the same track where she had a horror fall five years ago.
Morrison was riding Sonic Hill in race three yesterday at Ipswich racetrack when she fell heavily from the gelding after passing the post ninth.
Everyone watched in silence as she was treated by QAS paramedics for 20 minutes before being taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Riding ahead of Morrison, jockey Glen Colless didn't see the fall but was immediately concerned for her.
"She's had a pretty significant head injury before so it's a worry," Colless said later in the day.
"She's good friends with my wife and she said she's conscious and having scans done. She must have clipped heels or something."
Fellow jockey Jim Byrne watched the race but didn't see what caused the fall.
"I don't know if one shifted in front of her but if she clipped heels, there's nothing you can do when that happens," Byrne said.
"She deserved to be out there. She showed no signs of the previous fall."
Chairman of stewards Scott Kelly said an inquiry would be held once Morrison recovered.
"All I can say at this stage is she was dislodged from her mount after passing the post," he said. "She's been cleared of any fractures and is conscious and will just need some stitches."
He said a vet cleared Sonic Hill of injury, who fell but then galloped away.
On Ipswich Cup Day 2008, Morrison's mount crashed to the track as the field entered the home straight in a lead-up race to the Cup.
With bruising to her brain and spinal column, Morrison battled for more than a year to get back to riding.
But no sooner had she retuned than a horse fell on her in a trial and she spent time as a cadet steward before working to ride again.