Glen Colless maintains his sense of humour despite multiple fractures after Doomben tumble
IN the midst of all the pain, Glen Colless never lost his sense of humour.
The 47-year-old Gold Coast jockey was left with a fractured cheekbone and right wrist and multiple fractures to his nose after Hazard Bay dumped him and trod on his face on the way to the barriers for race five at Doomben on Saturday.
But rather than dwell on his misfortune on Sunday, Colless was already joking about the positives.
“The only good thing is it might fix my nose up,” Colless said.
“I had a real big one before and it might get shortened up a bit now.”
The popular hoop would have been forgiven for feeling hard done by.
Colless had only returned to the saddle in June after a fractured tailbone and reckoned he knew the reason for his recent run of bad luck.
“I bought a new house and I think the green kitchen has got something to do it,” he joked.
“I don’t like the colour green and I think it’s bad luck.
“Even Saturday night, when they tried to put me in bed 13 (at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital), I said ‘don’t be putting me in bed 13’ and I had to go to bed 15.”
Colless has been overwhelmed with well wishes and will see a specialist on Monday to determine when they can operate on his cheekbone and nose.
Hazard Bay had barely stepped foot on the track when Colless was flung to the turf.
“It just took off bucking and the next thing, I ended up underneath it and it must have collected me with one of its back feet,” Colless said.
“I think it knocked me out for a couple of seconds.
‘‘But I couldn’t really see because all the blood went into my eyes so my vision wasn’t really good.
“I was in a fair bit of pain and there is a fair bit of trauma to my face.”
Hazard Bay also dumped jockey Brad Stewart before his first start at the Sunshine Coast this month and trainer Stuart Kendrick booked the clerk of the course to take the three-year-old out to the barriers on Saturday.
But the clerk of the course was double booked and Hazard Bay bucked soon after being let go by his strapper on the track.
Colless lost 1½ toes after his left foot was pinned against the outside fence when a horse collapsed and died in a race at Eagle Farm in February 2009.
But just like on that occasion, Colless has no plans to walk away from the sport he loves.
“It is only a smack in the gob anyway, isn’t it?” he said.
Story courtesy Brad Davidson Gold Coast Bulletin http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/superracing/glen-colless-maintains-his-sense-of-humour-despite-multiple-fractures-after-doomben-tumble/story-fnii0njy-1227065760791