Sore Ryan to get back in saddle
IRONMAN jockey Ron Ryan is expected to start in Innisfail next week despite the 56-year-old suffering a hip injury at Atherton on Saturday.Trainer Janel Ryan, Ron's wife, said he was sore but not injured and would be nominated for Innisfail.
"He's very soreso he is just resting at the moment," Ryan said yesterday.
"But it can't be too bad because he doesn't think he needs to see a doctor and he would see a doctor if he thought he needed to."
Ryan was injured when he fell from Thunder Hill in the barriers before Saturday's second race. He landed heavily on his knees and sat out the rest of the day.
"I'll nominate him next week, he's pretty stubborn," Ryan said. He'll be fine."
Despite the injury, it was a mainly positive day for the Ryan stable. Carvelon finished the day with a win in the open handicap race.
The five-strong field dropped to just three horses when Fred Wieland's Fred the Legion and Ryan's Chequin were scratched.
Chequin was pulled out Friday after Ryan sold the eight-year-old and Atherton Turf Club treasurer Don Scheffler said Fred the Legion had a hoof complaint.
The three-horse race was an anticlimactic end to a strong day for racing in Atherton.
"Big crowd," Scheffler said.
"I think a lot of the companies used it as an excuse to have their Christmas parties."
Mossman's Paula D'Addona kick-started things when her Let's See Action finished a length and a half ahead of Ryan's pre-race favourite, Dart Head, in the 1000m class-B sprint.
Jenny Ball's Nothing Better came up a length short of Wayne Massingham's Midnite Raid in the benchmark 65 handicap but got a win with Discarded Bullet in the benchmark 70.
The Julie Atkinson-trained Great Impressions lived up to her name to beat Dadon by the narrowest margin in the maiden.
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Breakthrough: Julie Atkinson with maiden winner Great Impressions.