RYAN Maloney today was released from hospital with a bunch of metal in his left wrist, but with the encouraging news he could be back riding as early as mid February.
Maloney told Racing Network that surgeons operated on him for two hours yesterday where “a few screws and plates” where inserted into his fractured left wrist, sustained in a tragic postscript to Saturday’s Red Tempo Handicap.
About three strides after winning the race on Beltrois, the seven-year-old fractured a shoulder and sent Maloney crashing towards the turf.
Maloney said he has to re-visit the surgeon in 10 days, but the early diagnosis is that the injury will take between four to six weeks to heal.
Many, including Victorian Jockeys Association CEO Des O’Keeffe, feared the injury could keep Maloney out of action for three or more months.
“It could have been a lot worse. Hopefully, I can be back riding in February,” Maloney said.
“I’ve seen the fall on the TV news, but that didn’t really show you much. It took me a while to know what was going on, I was out cold for a while.”
Maloney is enjoying his best-ever start to a season. He’s fourth on the Victorian jockey’s premiership with 45 winners.