Glyn Schofield says he knows exactly what injured colleague Glen Boss is going through.
The Sydney jockey was out for three weeks in April with a broken collarbone after his mount Hawk Island was involved in a two-horse fall in the Sydney Cup.
Just 40 minutes after that fall, Hay List won the Group One All Aged Stakes with Boss replacing Schofield on the star sprinter.
Now Boss is battling a broken arm after 2010 Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily collapsed and died during trackwork in Melbourne on Friday.
Schofield says he can understand Boss’s frustration at having to miss part of the all-important spring carnival.
“I phoned him and said I know exactly how you feel,” Schofield says.
“Spring is an important part of the year for us so to miss it is a bugger.
“But he’s just got to go through the process and see how it heals.”
The most optimistic scenario for Boss is that he could be back riding in two weeks in time to ride Smart Missile in the Group One Caulfield Guineas.
Brett Prebble rode the colt in Saturday’s Group One Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes in which Smart Missile finished 10th after making a mess of the start.
Schofield gave himself three weeks to recover from surgery to fuse his collarbone following his Sydney Cup fall.
“I never had any pain and hopefully Glen is the same,” he says.
“If he has a clean break and it heals quick then he should be back straight away.”
Schofield said he phoned Boss in hospital to wish him a speedy recovery.
“I told him if you want to pick my brains over anything, just let me know.”
Schofield says injury is all part of the rough and tumble of horse racing.
“You’ve got to put it behind you and move on,” he says.
“I’m sure Glen is hoping he’ll be back as soon as he can.”
He says pain is the only thing which can rock a jockey’s confidence.
“The most important thing is, when you haven’t got any pain then you’re not worried,” Schofield says.
“But if you come back too soon and it’s sore, then you’ll be a bit cautious.”
Boss is no stranger to injury.
He spent six months in a halo brace after breaking his neck in a race fall in Macau in 2002 and didn’t ride for 10 months.