News

Brisbane doctors confident Zoe White will make full recovery

Zoe White
Zoe White Chris Ison

UPDATE 1.40PM: ROCKHAMPTON apprentice jockey, Zoe White has undergone surgery overnight on her facial injuries at the Brisbane Hospital and doctors are confident she will make a full recovery.

Zoe, 17, the protégé of fallen jockey Carly-Mae Pye, was airlifted to Brisbane Hospital yesterday after suffering extensive injuries to her face following a freak accident in the last race at Thangool on Saturday.

Rockhampton trainer Tim Cook, who Zoe is indentured to, told The Morning Bulletin that Zoe came through her first surgery last night well and more tests and surgery will take place.

"Zoe underwent surgery last night to fix her face," Tim Cook said.

"She will have more surgery today to fix her jaw.

"But the diagnosis from the doctors is that Zoe will make a full recovery.

"They will also undertake further tests to establish there are no other underlying injuries to other parts of her body, but at this stage doctors are hopeful there are no other major issues.

"They are pleased with the first operation last night and I believe after today's second operation they could perform one more tomorrow.

"But I will know more then."

Zoe was thrown from her mount Scintiller, after it crashed through the outside rail heading into the home straight at the Thangool races on Saturday afternoon.

Zoe was thrown forward and clear of the horse and suffered fractures to her cheeks and eye sockets as well as a deep wound to her mouth. Zoe also suffered some broken and missing teeth.

The Roma mare, Scintiller was unhurt in Saturday's accident but has been barred from racing by stewards and it will have to satisfactorily trial before it can return to the racetrack.

 

ROCKHAMPTON apprentice jockey Zoe White, the protégé of fallen jockey Carly-Mae Pye, was flown to the Royal Brisbane Hospital yesterday after a freak race accident at Thangool on Saturday.

Her extensive injuries, mainly facial, include fractures to cheeks and eye sockets, a deep wound to her lip as well as broken and missing teeth.

Zoe, 17 was thrown from her mount Scintiller as it hung off the track uncontrollably and skirted the outside rail before crashing through it on entering the home straight during the running of the last race.

"Zoe was thrown forward and clear when the horse propped, crashed through the rail then kept running riderless," officiating chief steward Luke Collins said.

As Zoe lay prostrate alongside the track, ambulance paramedics were on the scene within seconds where she was stabilised, treated and assessed.

Those close to Zoe, including senior jockeys and officials, sprinted up the straight to be with her.

Simultaneously, the mood on the racecourse where patrons had been in high Christmas spirits immediately changed, taking on a sombre effect. Zoe is indentured to Rockhampton trainer Tim Cook, the partner of Carly-Mae Pye, who lost her life from injuries in a trial fall at Callaghan Park, Rockhampton last October.

Cook actually won Saturday's race in which Zoe came to grief with Space Commander but that mattered for little as the distraught trainer rushed to be at her side.

Her parents, Allan and Janet White, were trackside and witnessed the horrific accident and were also quickly alongside their daughter.

Broadcasting the race in which Zoe crashed and witnessing the accident unfold, I felt physically ill but that could not have compared with the concern and grief that her parents and Tim Cook were experiencing.

The highly talented Zoe, for whom a bright future is predicted, earlier at Thangool had ridden Mower, her 13th race winner in just five months of riding.

She was later transported to the Rockhampton Base Hospital.

Yesterday morning she was airlifted to Brisbane with her mother alongside her where specialists engaged by Racing Queensland were to further assess her injuries.

Tim Cook said despite what had occurred Zoe remained in "good spirits".

"I've spoken to her and she has been telling me what to do and what not to do with the horses she rides in track work every day," he said.

"Zoe has already told me to put one horse in the paddock until she gets back and not to let anybody else ride it.

"She is in very good spirits despite her injuries and not being able to talk properly. She is an inspiration."

He said "if" there was a positive, it was that the horse Scintiller did not fall in the packed field where the outcome could have been worse.

Indeed, Zoe White is an inspiration, becoming "the darling" of Central Queensland racing through her courage which she demonstrated after continuing her fledgling apprenticeship and dedicating her career to Carly-Mae Pye who was her "mother duck" in racing.

Just after Carly-Mae's tragic crash which Zoe, 16, witnessed, she pledged to do so, declaring, "I owe it to Carly-Mae".

That courage and spirit no doubt will stand her in good stead as she undergoes surgery and rehabilitation.

The culprit horse that led to Zoe's accident, the Wayne Baker-trained Roma mare Scintiller, has been subsequently barred by race stewards until it trials to their satisfaction.

Topics:  accident carly-mae pye horse riding jockey



10 best street art spots to take an Insta selfie

IF YOU are in need of a few trendy new Instagram snaps, then get your phone and selfie-stick ready and head to Brisbane.

Where to find the best coffee

Strauss is known for its superb brew.

COFFEE snobbery is at an all-time high.

Theatre royalty graces Brisbane stage

Don't miss Charles Edwards in this incredible theatre performance.

WHEN acting royalty comes to town, you sit up and take notice.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

MISSING: CQ mum dropped child at school, disappeared

Hannah Cook has not been seen in more than 24 hours.

Jora: Hundreds of jobs available in Rocky region

According to job search site Jora, there are nearly 800 jobs up for grabs in the Rocky region.

According to Jora, there are 795 jobs available within 50km of Rocky

Football flair wins Woori Warriors plenty of fans

LEADING THE CHARGE: Woorabinda Warriors' captain Lindsay Jarrett was named the under-20 player of the carnival at the Schwarz Excavations Nines.

Rocky Brothers women impress in their Nines debut

Local Partners

Jora: Hundreds of jobs available in Rocky region

From retail to the mining industry, according to Jora, there are 795 positions available within 50km of the Rockhampton region


Feeling Lucky?

Win $1000 worth of Scratchies
Learn More

Everything you need to know about Nitro Circus's regional show

Oakes Oval in Lismore will host the sell-out, worldwide phenomenon that is Nitro Circus Live during its 15-city Australian tour in April.

World famous high octane show coming to Browne Park

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Messing with your head

MIND BLOWN: What could be weirder than the realisation that we have another completely separate brain and nervous system than the one originating in our heads?

Fascinating connection between your gut and your brain

'I wasn't naked': Blanca Blanco speaks out

BLANCA Blanco made headlines around the world after 'accidentally' flashing, but she says she was actually wearing a nude bodysuit.

‘IT’S A LITTLE SAD’: Trump makes Oscars bungle all about him

US President Donald Trump claims Hollywood's elite were too busy mocking him to pay attention on Oscars night.

Donald Trump ‘explains’ Oscars stuff up.

Lama and Sarah’s ‘epic’ MKR fail

My Kitchen Rules contestants Lama and Sarah.

Tempers flare as Lebanese feast turns into an epic fail.

New plans unveiled: Rocky's way to lure in tourists

Photos shared to the Fishing Central Queensland Facebook of the 2017 Barra season.

Fishing platforms coming to the region

Oscars 2017: How did biggest award get stuffed up?

Presenter Warren Beatty shows the envelope with the actual winner for best picture as host Jimmy Kimmel, left, looks on at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The winner was originally announced as La La Land, but was later corrected to Moonlight.

'Guys in headsets starting buzzing around. They took the envelope.'

Lisa Curry can't marry her fiance

Lisa Curry breaks down in the jungle.

Lisa Curry says she can’t get married to her fiance

The true cause of the Oscars bungle

Faye Dunaway, left, and Warren Beatty present the award for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Oscars ended with a moment that left everyone speechless.

Casino boss loses $4m on waterfront Sunshine Coast home

The owner of this stunning Noosa home accepted much less than he had initially wanted for the home.

When illness struck owner forced to try and cash out of property

REVEALED: Peaceful Rocky suburb everyone wants a slice of

Kevin Hogan has lived in Koongal for decades and loves the neighbourhood.

The Village a popular place to live and underpriced

REVEALED: Rocky region's best performing property suburbs

Check out the suburbs selling well in Rockhampton.

New NAB report shows CQ's top real estate areas

Mining homes dive: $600k homes sell for $120k-$300k

18 Yeates Street, Moranbah sold for $135,000 in December, after being repossessed by a bank. The owners bought for $545,000 in August, 2011.

The economy still has two speeds, but with a painful twist

Mackay's property market climbing like a Rocket Man

Renewed confidence in Mackay means more homes are being snapped up by those eager to plant their roots in the region.

There's movement in the real estate sector and it's all positive.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!