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Top SA Rider Herrmann "Out Months" After Training Fall
Also in Adelaide, South Australia's leading apprentice jockey Amy Herrmann "will be sidelined for months following a shocking mishap" at morning trackwork at Morphettville, reported The Advertiser. Herrmann, 21, underwent surgery "to insert a plate & pin into her right shinbone, which took the full weight of her horse after it reared & rolled over". Her master & Morphettville trainer David Balfour said Hermann "also had X-rays on her vertebrae & pelvis" & confirmed: "She is very badly bruised, but first indications from the scans is that she has escaped serious damage to her spine & pelvic area, but they will no doubt have a better idea later on." Balfour said Herrmann was aboard stable runner Fasadina "waiting to cross the sand track as 2 horses passed" & "something must have spooked him & he reared up & fell backwards, flipping on top of her. She was conscious but in a great deal of pain after taking the full impact of the horse." Herrmann (who will complete her apprenticeship in December) has ridden 21 metropolitan winners this season to head the apprentice standings & is 6th on the SA jockeys' premiership table.