Six-time Group 1-winning jockey Dean Yendall is set for an extended stint on the sidelines following a fall at Terang on Monday afternoon.
The 47-year-old was aboard the Damien Hunter-trained Saintly Rose in the third race of the day when he came off his mount inside the final 100m.
The Victorian Jockey’s Association (VJA) issued a statement late on Monday afternoon confirming that the enigmatic jockey had been airlifted to the Alfred Hospital and had suffered a fracture to his neck.
Update from the VJA is that Dean Yendall has a fracture of his C3 after a fall at Terang today. Terrible luck for Dean who fell from Saintly Rose when she ducked in sharply over the final stages of race three. Hopefully Dean has a speedy and full recovery.
— Matt Welsh (@Themodernpunter) December 20, 2021
Despite not claiming Group 1 success since partnering Scales Of Justice to victory in the Memsie Stakes in 2019, Yendall had been enjoying a successful start to the 2021-22 racing season.
The lightweight hoop had ridden 48 winners since August 1, with a winning percentage of 17% in that time.
It remains unclear whether Yendall will require surgery, with the fracture appearing stable, but the popular jockey looks set for a long stint on the sidelines regardless.