Now was the time of year Tahlia Hope was intent on making the most of increased opportunities that invariably come the way of apprentice jockeys.
The Seymour apprentice jockey, who can claim 3kg in the metropolitan area, was looking forward to cashing in on the absence of Victoria’s big-name riders during the cooler months.
Instead, the 19-year-old is set for an all-too-familiar stint on the sidelines. Hope was last week involved in a fall at Wangaratta that left her with a broken collarbone and bruised lung.
An appointment with Racing Victoria doctor Gary Zimmerman was expected to shed more light on her convalescence, but Hope is bracing herself for at least six weeks on the sidelines.
‘‘It’s frustrating, just when I started to get going again,’’ Hope said.
‘‘I came back from my broken ankle (last year) and had a good run then broke my ribs, was out for a month and now have a broken collarbone.
‘‘It’s a shame, especially after I had ridden that double at Sandown and then another at Caulfield. Just when I get going again, something seems to happen.’’
Hope was in stellar form at the time of her fall, which came on $201 chance Hold My Beer, having ridden her maiden Saturday metropolitan double less than three weeks earlier.
■Hope might be sidelined, but another Seymour jockey on Saturday returned to action just seven days after being involved in a fall.
Cory Parish, who last year won the Caulfield Cup aboard Boom Time, fell from Sin To Win at Flemington on May 5 and was taken to hospital after complaining of lower back pain, but escaped without injury.
He returned to riding at Caulfield on Saturday, when he narrowly missed out victory aboard Jacquinot Bay — finishing a long-head second to Riyadh — which followed a fourth placing aboard Sullivan Bay.