Maher Thrown From Jameka, Injured

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Ciaron Maher

Trainer Ciaron Maher underwent surgery on a broken femur on Friday after being thrown from his three-time Group 1-winning mare Jameka (Aus) (Myboycharlie {Ire}). Maher was reportedly warming up the rising 6-year-old in the trotting area at Caulfield around 4 a.m. when she suddenly spun and tossed him to the ground. While Maher was taken to hospital, Jameka was uninjured. The injury also rules Maher out of competing in next month’s 1000-kilometre Mongol Derby.

Jameka was bought by Maher for A$130,000 as a yearling in 2014, and was just last month bought back by part-owner Colin McKenna for A$2.6-million when put through the ring at the Magic Millions National Sale. The mare, who was once thought to be destined for a breeding career after suffering a bad bout of travel sickness, is now in fact expected to return to racing.

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