Equine Ennis 'unlikely to race' after accident
THE racecourse debut of the two-year-old filly Jessica Ennis, part-owned by the British world and European champion heptathlete she is named after, appears a remote possibility after she collided with a car when getting loose during stalls schooling on Thursday morning.
The juvenile, who was being compared to Classic winner Sariska by her trainer Michael Bell, was due to make her first start at Newmarket on Saturday but instead underwent surgery at the Newmarket Equine Hospital for the lacerations and bruising sustained in the accident.
Highclere tweeted on Thursday night: "We are all so devastated by Jessica Ennis' dreadful accident on the gallops this morning.
"Jessica Ennis has come through her operation and has started what will be a long recuperation. She is sadly unlikely to be able to race."
Hayley Turner:unharmed in collisionPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
The Highclere Thoroughbred Racing-owned grey was having a final stalls test when she panicked, unshipped jockey Hayley Turner and ran loose onto Hamilton Road where Suffolk Police said she was struck by a green BMW near the junction with Rowley Drive. Both Turner and the driver of the car were unharmed.