Tale of hope for Seamer

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 April, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 April, 2002, 12:00am

Australian Scott Seamer's sudden and unlucky exit from the Hong Kong scene has rather a lot in common with Dwayne Dunn's experience of a year ago. Dunn's 18th Hong Kong ride, Fortune Sallian, fell at Happy Valley and the jockey finished with a crushed vertebra which ended his season prematurely. Dunn reapplied for the first session of this term and never looked back - his Group One win on Sunday was the icing on what has already been a terrific season.

Fair Lady was Seamer's 10th ride and, while his injuries overall are more severe, he too finished with a crushed vertebra. Seamer has already had discussions with Jockey Club officials about reapplying for next season, although both he and the club will want to be assured of his fitness before anything positive can happen. While Seamer will be missed for the rest of the season, fans who had witnessed the worthwhile start made by 20-year-old South African Bernard Fayd'herbe will get to see him in action again. He rushed home on the weekend after the sudden death of his father, but is expected to return, perhaps as early as next week, to ride out the season.