Beadman to undergo surgery on cheekbone
Jockey Darren Beadman will be sidelined indefinitely after complications arising from a race fall and will have corrective surgery on his fractured cheekbone today.
The Australian denied reports in local media that he was in a more serious condition.
Two weeks ago Beadman left Prince of Wales Hospital two days after falling in a trial at Sha Tin, but he returned less than 12 hours later when he became dizzy at home.
Additional MRI scans revealed he had micro bleeds on his brain, and he has remained in hospital since.
'There have been reports in some papers that I've had blood clots, but that's far from the truth,' Beadman said. 'They've told me nerves have been ruptured and there were a few micro-bleeds. You can see on the scan where the nerves have been ruptured. I didn't find that out until I went back into hospital, because it didn't show up on the original CT scan, but once I went home I knew I wasn't right.'
Beadman will have a metal plate inserted in his right cheek to repair the depressed bone. Doctors have waited for the swelling to subside enough to operate.
'It wasn't something they had to do straight away, but they couldn't wait too long,' he said.
Surgeons will assess the jockey today as to which of two operations they will complete, one far more dramatic than the other.
'The first option is simple, they go in where the injury is,' Beadman said. 'Because of the nature of the fall and the velocity of it, the muscles might be bruised and damaged. In that case they will go from ear to ear and open you up, take your face off and fix you up that way.'
Although the ultra-competitive rider is itching to get back on track, he said doctors were refusing to put a time frame on his recovery, given the delicate nature of his injuries.
'Because it is a head injury, they're slowing everything down, and I think that's the safest way to handle the situation,' he said. 'When you're talking about your limbs, you can be guided by how they feel, but when it concerns your brain, you've got to be a little bit smarter.
'It's just life. It is disappointing at this time of year to have something like this happen, with all of the big races coming up. But, what do you do? You just have to take it on your chin and work your way through it.'
Beadman's absence means trainer John Moore is without his stable jockey for the big races, including the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby on March 18.
An apparent back flip by owners means Damien Oliver will not ride the Moore-trained Admiration in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup on Sunday. Oliver was scheduled to fill in for Beadman for the third straight Sha Tin meeting, but a last-minute change was announced yesterday.