Yarmouth: "without the doctor the racecourse is not medically covered"PICTURE: ARC
Yarmouth abandoned after Parkes hospitalised
THE final race of the season at Yarmouth was abandoned on Tuesday after jockey David Parkes was taken to hospital with a suspected broken ankle, leaving the course with insufficient medical cover.
On an eventful day at the course where jockeys Steve Drowne and Martin Harley also picked up minor injuries, Parkes was accompanied for x-rays by the racecourse doctor after unseating from Humour moments after the the start of the 6f handicap.
Stipendary steward Robert Sidebottom said: "The doctor went with the jockey in the ambulance and the decision was taken to abandon due to the time it would have taken for the ambulance to get to the hospital and back.
"With the sun setting there would not have been enough time and without the doctor the racecourse is not medically covered."
Christine Dunnett, who trains Humour, added: "I've had a message from David's agent and they think he's broken his ankle. He's in a lot of pain. I feel very sorry for the lad."
Parkes has ridden one winner this season and was due to partner Trending at Kempton on Tuesday evening.