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Jockey Robinson Still Suffering 5 Months After Fall

Friday, 10th December 2010

Jockey Allan Robinson "is no closer to returning to the saddle, as he continues to be troubled by severe headaches & dizzy spells, more than 5 months after suffering serious injuries in a race fall" reported The Daily Telegraph. Robinson (who hasn't ridden since falling at Cessnock in July) said he has "not had a day free of pain since the fall" & confirmed: "I still have bleeding on the brain & it causes me a lot of dizziness & constant headaches. If I try to lift anything heavy or something like that, or even if I stand up too quickly, I get very dizzy. I remember once breaking my shoulder & collarbone & 3 ribs & puncturing a lung in a race fall, yet I was back riding in 29 days. This has been 5 months & I'm not any closer to getting back in the saddle. I certainly couldn't ride a horse right now." Robinson "has undergone a series of medical examinations, but doctors have not been able to relieve the suffering". But Robinson (who once held the record for most wins in a season when he rode 216.5 winners in 2005-06) denied suggestions he will soon announce his retirement from race riding & declared: "I'm 43 & I still want to ride again. I don't know when that will be, but I'm hoping early in the new year. I certainly don't want to retire on this note." Robinson said "one driving force to keep riding was to join an elite group of jockeys who have ridden 3,000 career winners"; he believes he needs only another "50 or so winners to break that magical barrier".

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