Australia: Doyle ruled out with wrist fracture

James Doyle is hoping to make a speedy return to action

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker ( Wrist fracture rules out Doyle for up to a month
By Mark Scully 8:30AM 14 FEB 2017

Australia: James Doyle has escaped serious injury but faces up to a month on the sidelines after suffering a hairline fracture in his wrist following a fall in Sydney on Monday.

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The jockey, who has taken over retained rider duties in Australia following the suspension of James McDonald, fell from Pearls in the early stages of the Group 3 Triscay Stakes at Randwick.

With the Sydney autumn programme hotting up, Doyle now faces a race against time to return to fitness and partner some of Godolphin's star runners in their major targets, including Astern in the Group 1 Galaxy at Rosehill on March 18.

"While it's disappointing to have suffered an injury at such an important part of the autumn carnival, I expect to recover quickly and return to riding within a few weeks," said Doyle.

"I am thankful I was able to walk away with only a fracture and thank all the medical staff at the Australian Turf Club."

Godolphin on Tuesday confirmed they will not be seeking a replacement for Doyle, with trainer John O'Shea content to look to riders used by the stable throughout the normal course of the season.

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