Jockey hits Mackay turf club, trainer up for $700K
TRINITY Mae Bannon is trying to sue Mackay Turf Club and Darren Symons Racing for ending her horse riding career.
The former jockey is trying to recover $708,617.35 for damages and loss of income after an injury at Mackay Turf Club ruined her career, she has claimed.
It was September 23, 2014, when she was struck by a horse near the parking area.
Ms Bannon was standing with a group of people talking when Darren Birrer, employed by Darren Symons Racing, lost control of a horse near the pool, as stated in court documents filed to Mackay District Court Tuesday.
"It then bolted unrestrained towards the training facility with Birrer in pursuit," the documents read.
"The movement of the horse was not inhibited by any of the fencing and gates on the lands of the Mackay Turf Club between the pool and the training facility..." The gates had been left open.
"The horse struck the plaintiff."
The former jockey suffered a broken collar bone, grade two dislocation of the shoulder, soft-tissue injury in the left shoulder and exacerbation of depression and anxiety.
The court documents filed by Ms Bannnon reveal she attempted to continue to work as a jockey after that but needed drugs to deal with the pain as a result of the injury. Those drugs were banned by Racing Queensland.
"(She) attempted to maintain and pursue her career as a professional jockey but could not do so except by taking excessive doses of narcotic analgesia the use of which was and is prohibited by Queensland Racing," the statement of claim reads.
"(She) is now precluded from engaging in work as a professional jockey."
Ms Bannon has claimed $350,000 in damages for a loss of future earning capacity, $125,000 in reduced earnings since she suffered the injuries, $55,000 for having to need commercial assistance and $60,700 in damages for the injuries.
Along with other damages the total claim is for $708,617.35