LEADING Melbourne jockey Luke Nolen has been taken to Royal Adelaide Hospital after being involved in a horrific fall during one of the feature races on the first day of the Festival of Racing at Morphettville.
Just 45 minutes after claiming a wonderful Group 1 victory aboard hugely talented Victorian filly Abbey Marie in the $400,000 Schweppes Oaks, Nolen was riding Miss Promiscuity for the David Hayes-Tom Dabernig stable in the $400,000 UBET Classic when that mare clipped heels, throwing the 36-year-old out of the saddle and on to the track just before the run into the final turn of the Morphettville circuit.
Nolen rolled on the turf and did not have time to reach his feet before being hit hard by one of the trailing runners in the 20-horse field.
Ambulance staff rushed to Nolen, who was conscious and moving his hands and legs but reporting back pain.
A SA Ambulance spokesperson said at 5pm yesterday that Nolen was in a serious but stable condition and had suffered a shoulder injury and possible spinal injuries.
Nolen had only recently return to racing after spending more than seven months on the sidelines following back surgery.
A very bad fall straight into the path of Sabatini which had no chance of avoiding him hope he recovers and isn't crippled.