Flat jockey Rob Hornby has been dealt a blow to end the year as he will not bee seen back on track until January at the earliest after it came to light he has suffered a suspected subluxation to his shoulder in a nasty fall at Wolverhampton last week.
In the Betway Casino Handicap round the all weather track on Tuesday evening a few weeks back, Rob Hornby was unseated from his horse Villanelle when coming into the straight and this also bought down Ben Curtis and his mount Fortultous.
The incident in real time was one of the most horrific incidents seen on a track for a while, but luckily for both riders they were seen sitting up minutes after the fall.
With it thought that Ben Curtis would come out of the accident the worse, it now looks as though Rob Hornby could be off the track for some time, with him first thinking he had got away lightly but since the incident has had big trouble with his shoulder.
Hornby at the start of the week went to have a CT scan on the injury and is waiting on the results, having also see a shoulder specialist to asses the damage.
(Credit Racing Post) He said: "I was a bit sore after the fall but thought I was okay overall, but the physios have since flagged up an issue with my shoulder.
"They say it could be what is known as a subluxation and I'm not able to ride at the moment. I'll know more in a few days' time. I doubt I'll be back until after new year, which is frustrating."
The rider has explained how it is a bitter end to what has been a special year for the rider having broke his past tally of 59 winners for the year with 79 this calendar year, but he was set to ride some nice horses in the coming weeks that he will now have to watch on from he sides.
He added:"It's a shame as I had some nice horses to ride in the coming weeks for Andrew Balding and also Martyn Meade, including Gloucestershire, who won at Kempton on Monday."