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Beadman "Fears Riding Career Is Over"
Champion Australian jockey Darren Beadman "has conceded his riding career could be finished as he struggles to regain his health" following his fall in Hong Kong 4 months ago, reported The Age. Beadman, 46, "received severe head injuries when a horse collapsed beneath him in a barrier trial at Sha Tin racecourse in February, leaving him with extensive problems relating to brain function, including balance & speech". Beadman (a 7-time Sydney premiership winner) "was due to return to Hong Kong this weekend for further tests after recuperating in Sydney over the past few weeks" & told The South China Morning Post: "It's really happening very slowly. My balance is no better & I'm having a problem with multi-tasking. I'm fine doing one thing at a time; but if I'm trying to do more, or if I get distracted, it's like my brain loses its way. Not riding again isn't the end of the world, but it isn't looking good. And my neurosurgeon says that another head injury & I would be in strife." Beadman (who has been stable jockey for John Moore in Hong Kong for the past 5 seasons) boasts 95 Gr1 winners & "lies 3rd on the list of Australian riders behind George Moore (119) & Roy Higgins (108)".