Mick Dittman Plate: Stephanie Thornton in hospital after she was thrown off by favourite Simply Fly at Doomben

Young riding gun Stephanie Thornton was taken to hospital with a suspected wrist injury and whiplash after a fall at Doomben which caused her partner Ben Thompson to immediately rush to the back straight to check on her welfare.

Thornton tumbled from $2.50 favourite Simply Fly soon after the start of the Listed Mick Dittman Plate when the Rex-Lipp trained galloper appeared to shy at something and started to buck.

Thornton, 22, was thrown off and plunged to the Doomben turf.

She was given a green whistle for pain relief as fellow rider and partner Thompson hitched a lift with track staff to be by her side.

Thornton was conscious and was soon sitting up but was complaining of a sore wrist/hand and was taken to hospital for treatment and observation.

Simply Fly was unharmed in the incident and the races were delayed while a replacement ambulance was summoned before the last race of the day was run.

Thompson rode in the final race before heading to hospital to be with Thornton, who had appeared to have escaped any major injury.

Meanwhile, there was more drama in the race with Mark Newnham-trained winner Lord Olympus coming from last but having to fend off a bite from runner-up Zingalong after crossing the line.

Lord Olympus’s rider Michael Cahill also told how he was lucky to stay on his mount early in the race as Thornton fell.

“Simply Fly was starting to buck early in the race and it was running out towards me,” Cahill said.

“I only just got past that horse, it almost cannoned into me.

“I was very fortunate and it could have gone the other way, I could have been a good chance of being on the deck myself.

“I just had to ride him for luck after that and my horse got the breaks he needed.”

The extent of Thornton’s injury will become clearer in the coming days but it could be bad timing for the talented young rider on the eve of the Queensland winter carnival.

She and Thompson, both former Victorians, recently purchased a home in Brisbane’s southside and have no plans to return to Victoria.

Originally published asRising jockey in hospital after thrown off favourite

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