Samantha Clenton has back surgery after second heavy race fall this year

Samantha Clenton

Samantha Clenton

Newcastle apprentice jockey Samantha Clenton said she was “in a bit of pain but in good spirits” after surgery on fractured vertebrae at John Hunter Hospital on Monday night.

The 24-year-old was injured in a race fall at Scone on Friday and taken to John Hunter Hospital by the Hunter Westpac Rescue Helicopter. It was Clenton’s 25th race ride in her comeback from a fall at Taree on May 23 in which she broke her right collarbone and sustained back, knee and foot damage.

Clenton broke her left collarbone and fractured vertebrae in the fall on Friday in which the Steve Hodge-trained Colour Of Love appeared to trip while racing near the rear of the field.

It was thought Clenton may be transported to a Sydney hospital for surgery but she instead had the operation on her fractured vertebrae on Monday at the John Hunter Hospital.

She told the Newcastle Herald on Tuesday via text: “I’m in a bit of pain but in good spirits”.

Racing NSW later issued an update saying: “Samantha has informed Maurice Logue [of Racing NSW] she underwent surgery last night in John Hunter Hospital on her fractured vertebrae. Surgeons decided against operating on her collarbone at this point, believing it will heal naturally. Samantha has also sustained injuries to her fingers and knee. She hasn’t been out of bed yet and is unsure how long she will remain in hospital.”

As reported previously, Colour Of Love was uninjured in the fall.

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