Popular female jockey Nikita Beriman will miss the Spring carnival and may be forced to retired after battling an ongoing hip issue.
Beriman has not ridden since the end of July after her hip injury flared up and she has decided to take a lengthy break out of the saddle to try and rectify the issue but has come to terms that she may have to retire.
“I’m really trying to stay positive but obviously it’s painful and very frustrating,” Beriman said.
“I’m so thankful for all the support that I’ve received from people sending encouraging messages.
“I will reassess my riding career when I see how I am in the next month or two.”