Jockey sues over Corbould accident

A JOCKEY who was injured seriously in a fall at Corbould Park in 2011 reportedly is suing Racing Queensland for more than $800,000.

Ken Sawyers suffered fractured ribs and damaged vertebrae when his horse, Stalwart Flight, fell after the finish line in a race on January 23, 2011.

It was the first race of the day and the remainder of the meeting was cancelled.

In a claim before the Supreme Court, 52-year-old Mr Sawyers is seeking $835,000 in damages, claiming the area where the accident happened was "excessively soft and boggy underfoot".

Media reports say Mr Sawyers claims the meeting was held during a period of excessive rain, with 1.3m falling between December 1, 2010 and the day of the race.

Because of the rainfall, there had been no race meetings on Corbould Park's main grass track since December 10, 2010, he claims.

It says the section of track where Mr Sawyers' horse fell was damaged by horses crossing it.

He claims Racing Queensland was negligent in not transferring the race meeting to the cushion track.



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