Lahoe out until January

Hurbun Williams

Saturday, December 08, 2012

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Ruja Lahoe, the injured claiming apprentice who was hospitalised on Wednesday following a nasty seven-horse spill, is out of danger and was released from hospital yesterday.

Lahoe fell from his mount Beyonce at the home turn during the running of the eighth race at Caymanas Park.

According to Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC's) Robert Clarke, the organisation's general manager Ruth-Ann Smith-Sutherland visited Lahoe at the UWI Hospital yesterday where he was fitted with a new neck brace as a precautionary measure and was discharged. He was given a three-week rigid bed-rest period before reporting back to the hospital for an assessment in January.

It was also reported that Lahoe was in very high spirits and showed no signs of physical or mental discomfort arising from the mishap in which he suffered small lacerations. So much so it was reported that Lahoe said he wanted to return to race riding sooner than the time allotted for his bed-rest.

He was, however, impressed upon the importance of him to remain inactive and adhere to the prescribed period of bed-rest.

Lahoe is one of 19 apprentices who passed out at the JRC Jockeys' Training School Graduation exercise programme on August 16 earlier this year and began his riding career on September 8.

He is one of the top performers of his batch and is at present third in the Apprentices' standing with 13 wins from 86 rides. He also finished second 13 times with nine thirds.




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