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Oliver & Symons Cleared Of Serious Injury
Damien Oliver and Chris Symons have escaped serious injury following a three horse fall at Bendigo yesterday, reports horseracing.com.au. Both jockeys suffered concussion and were taken to hospital for further observation. The rider of the third horse, apprentice Jye McNeil, was able to walk unassisted from the track. The National Jockeys Trust tweeted: "C Symons concussed, but has full limb movement. D Oliver concussed, sore neck but full movement. J McNeil walking seems fine." The catalyst of the fall was Symons' mount Hampshire which fell 300 metres after the start causing equal favourite Mefnooda (previewed in this column earlier in the week) with Oliver on board and McNeil's mount Adopted Opinion to follow suit. Oliver's fall has reportedly put some doubt into Oliver's booking for Wandjina at Royal Ascot next week, with the hoop supposed to fly to the UK on Sunday but requiring a medical all-clear before he can ride again.