Payne: “I’ve still got the fire in the belly but I want to get better”
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By Mark Scully 8:20AM 8 JUN 2016
MICHELLE PAYNE is yet to make a decision on her riding future after leaving hospital in Melbourne on Wednesday.
Doctors have told the Melbourne Cup-winning jockey to rest for at least a month after she underwent pancreatic surgery following a fall at Mildura a little over a fortnight ago.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the 30-year-old said the pain she felt after her fall and surgery was “pretty intense”, adding that she will continue to be guided by the advice of her doctors.
“I have plenty of time to make a decision [on what my future holds] and that won’t be my focus for at least another month or so,” said Payne.
“I wish to thank everyone for their interest and concern and I am really looking forward to getting home to be with my family.”
‘I’ve still got the fire in the belly’
Speaking to reporters gathered outside the hospital, Payne added: “Obviously a lot of questions have been asked whether I’d ride again, it is something that I don’t want to be pressured into making comment on yet.
“I’ve still got the fire in the belly, it is still there but I just want to get home and concentrate on getting better, make sure I take the time to relax and make the right decision when the time is right.”
Payne remains a part of the prospective Girls team for Ascot’s Shergar Cup in August, with the course’s Nick Smith last week saying bosses will give Payne every opportunity to prove her fitness before the meeting on August 6.