STAR Rockhampton apprentice jockey Carly-Mae Pye was airlifted from Biloela Hospital to the Rockhampton Hospital on Saturday night after she was involved in a horror race fall at Thangool races hours earlier.
Pye, 24, was riding Single Toast, racing in last position in the fourth race when it fractured its offside shoulder and crashed, dumping her on the track about 200 metres from the finish.
A large crowd of racegoers looked on in horror as the stricken horse trod on the jockey as she lay prostrate on the track.
After ambulance officers attended to Pye for about 10 minutes, she was taken to Biloela Hospital.
While this was occurring, club officials quickly screened off the sight of Single Toast while it was euthanased by the vet.
Yesterday, Pye had full recall of the accident and said she could not believe how lucky she was not to have sustained serious injuries.
"I am very sore from pain and bruising in my lower back and have pain running down my legs. The doctors have told me they can't find anything on the x-rays. I'll probably be having a cat scan later today (yesterday)," she said.
Pye, who weighs about 52kg, said it seemed like an eternity as she was being trodden on by Single Toast which weighed about 600kg.
"It was as if it was all in slow motion," Pye said. "He stood on me and it felt like forever. I just can't believe I have no broken bones. They flew me by helicopter from Biloela to Rocky on Saturday night and I didn't really know what to expect."
Just two days earlier, Carly-Mae was the toast of Rockhampton racing after riding a treble of winners at the Callaghan Park TAB race meeting.
In keeping with the tenacious nature of professional jockeys, her biggest concern yesterday was that she has had to forgo a good book of rides at Mackay races tomorrow. "I hope to be right after that," she said, although she agreed it was too early to call.
Pye is the third Rockhampton female jockey to be admitted to hospital suffering from horse-related injuries in three weeks.
Tracy O'Hara sustained serious pelvis injuries when a horse rolled on her and will be sidelined for months while Donna Philpot had right-knee reconstruction surgery last week after being kicked and she faces an extended period out of the saddle.
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