Thornton suffers broken collarbone in Towcester fall

Andrew Thornton

Andrew Thornton: still chasing a 1,000th winner over jumps

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch  

 By Lewis Porteous 9:38AM 6 OCT 2016 

JOCKEY Andrew Thornton is facing a spell on the sidelines after fracturing his left collarbone in a fall at Towcester on Wednesday.

Just four away from reaching the notable milestone of 1,000 career winners, the 43-year-old suffered the injury when the Lawney Hill-trained Utmost Zeal fell at the fourth fence in the 2m novice chase.

“All things considered I’m not too bad,” said the Gold Cup-winning rider. “I feel a bit soft really as it’s only a collarbone but I got a good kicking as well so I’m a bit battered and bruised.”

He added: “They took me to Northampton hospital but I was out last night and stayed with my valet.”

Despite the injury, Thornton will be back on a racecourse on Thursday, working for At The Races as Hereford reopens for business.

He said: “There’s no point moping around; you don’t get much sympathy in our game. Once upon a time you’d be back in ten days but it’s 22 years since I last broke a collarbone and there’s protocol now.

“I think it’s probably three weeks but all being well I’m going to go and see my collarbone expert Michael Foy and take it from there.”

Thornton said at this stage he is unsure if surgery will be required but vowed to be back to chase his 1,000th winner.

He said: “As soon as I hit the ground I was thinking ‘what am i going to be missing?’ and I think that tells you everything.”

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