Injury rules Nina out of Galway Festival
NINA CARBERRY will join her brother Paul on the sidelines at Galway next week as she has revealed that the broken collarbone she suffered last month is taking longer than anticipated to repair fully.
The top-class amateur jockey suffered the fracture when she was unseated from Kilaspy on the way to the start of a bumper at Gowran Park on June 23.
Her initial target was to return in time for Monday's prestigious Connacht Hotel Qualified Riders' Handicap, but it will now be at least another 12 months before she gets the chance to land an elusive first victory in the western jamboree's opening night feature.
"I won't make it back for Galway and will probably be out for another three weeks," said Nina (right). "I have to go back in the middle of August to see the consultant and see what he says then. I'm aiming to be back for Listowel (in September) now."
Should the 29-year-old, who recently began her training career, meet that objective, she will probably still be back in competitive action ahead of her older brother, who underwent surgery on a troublesome shoulder earlier in the month.
The former dual champion suggested that the recovery time after surgery could be up to three months.
Those riders unfortunate enough to become forcibly acquainted with the Ballybrit turf during the week-long festival could be in for a more forgiving landing, as ground conditions at the suburban venue have eased after around 20mm of rainfall.
The track had been artificially watered up to Monday because of the recent heatwave and the rainfall over the past few days has left the Flat course officially described as yielding, good to yielding in places, and the jump course as good, good to yielding in places.
Further heavy showers and sunny spells are forecast for the area over the weekend, so the meeting is likely to get under way with plenty of cut underfoot.