Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Bruno Cannatelli
The riding career of Dwayne Dunn is in a holding pattern

The riding career of Dwayne Dunn is in a holding pattern as he works to overcome a brain injury incurred in a frightening barrier incident.

Dwayne Dunn says his riding career remains in the balance as he battles to overcome a brain injury suffered in frightening barrier accident at The Valley last year.

The multiple Group 1 winner suffered a fractured vertebra when Shot Of Irish reared as the gates opened for a race last September when Dunn struck his head on a crossbar.

Dunn said if he had fallen from Shot Of Irish he would have been left a quadriplegic and while his recovery was based around getting his neck right which led to the brain injury not being diagnosed.

After a brief return in February, Dunn has been sidelined since and is unsure when he will make it back to the saddle.

“The first four weeks after the accident, I was fine and I could have got back on a horse and carried on, but the more that I’m doing, the worse it has got,” Dunn told RSN.

“Now I’ve got to a stage that if I get my heart rate up after a light jog, or running, I get vertigo and feel like I want to vomit.

“Everything else I can do. I can play golf, although I’m not playing it very well, walking is fine, it’s just when I get my heart-rate up.”

Dunn said hitting the crossbar in the barriers and to suffer the fracture six vertebrae away, shows the extent of the force of the blow.

He said if that same force had hit his chin, he would have been knocked out.

Tests Dunn has undertaken continue to show brain trauma injury, but he is undergoing physiotherapy in a bid to rewire the brain.

He said Racing Victoria doctor Gary Zimmerman believes the jockey will make a return to race riding.

“Swinging in the breeze is the hardest thing,” Dunn said.

“Gary says I’m not too far off, but Group 1 racing is what it is all about.”

 
*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Tags:
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Watch 📺 Is this the biggest moral beat of the year?

The horse KING OF HEARTS (Sebring – Eloping) started at $26 so many people weren’t on it, but those who...

Winx’s sister breaks her maiden

A half-sister to four-time Cox Plate champion Winx has broken through for her maiden victory on the synthetic track at Pakenham....

Star stayer Zaaki returns a positive pre-race sample

Racing NSW stewards have fined trainer Annabel Neasham after Zaaki returned a positive pre-race sample during the Sydney autumn carnival....

Peter Moody

Peter Moody thinks Sandown should not be sold

Champion trainer Peter Moody has reiterated the call of fellow trainer Mick Kent for the Melbourne Racing Club not to sell...

Hall Of Fame trainer hospitalised after track accident

An accident at Morphettville trackwork has resulted in trainer Leon Macdonald being hospitalised. Australian Racing Hall of Fame trainer Leon Macdonald...

Top jockey banned for 10 years for threatening to kill a racing official

Top New Zealand jockey Jason Waddell has been banned from racing for 10 years for threatening to kill a racing...

Tattersalls Tiara

The is a race held at and is the feature female event of the Brisbane Winter Carnival. The () boasts...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

 
 
Copyright © 2021 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.
18+ Don't let the game play you. Stay in control. Gamble responsibly. Think! About your choices. Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit www.gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au or www.gamblinghelponline.org.au.