Jwala and Steve Drowne charging to a shock win in the NunthorpePICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Drowne injured as Jwala suffers fatal fall in Sprint
JOCKEY Steve Drowne, who returned to race-riding after a year out in March, faces another spell on the sidelines after puncturing a lung and breaking a collarbone when Jwala suffered a fatal fall in the Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Drowne, who partnered the Robert Cowell-trained filly to a shock 40-1 success in the Nunthorpe Stakes in August, was again aboard the four-year-old in the 6f Group 1, although they faced a tough task from stall 14.
Jwala was pushed along and chased the leaders, but weakened towards the finish and was fatally injured after falling.
She had been due to retire after Sunday's race and Cowell said: "We're devastated. Steve has been taken to hospital and we just hope he is all right."
Drowne, who was conscious when transferred to hospital, faced a fight to return to the saddle after fainting twice at his home in March last year.
He was found to be suffering from an enlarged heart, brought on by a virus and had his driving licence taken away. That prevented him from riding, but he got the all-clear in the spring and has partnered 35 winners this year, the highlight being Jwala's Nunthorpe triumph.