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Blake Shinn fractures vertebrae in fall

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Happy Clapper’s jockey Blake Shinn has fractured two vertebrae in a fall at the Randwick trials.

High profile jockey Blake Shinn has suffered fractures to his C1 and C3 vertebrae in a fall at the Randwick barrier trials.

Shinn was taken to hospital after the fall on Monday complaining of a sore neck and with suspected concussion.

After he was assessed at the Prince Of Wales hospital, Racing NSW doctor David Duckworth reported Shinn had fractured his C1 and C3 vertebrae.

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The winner of the 2008 Melbourne Cup on the Bart Cummings-trained Viewed, Shinn finished second to Brenton Avdulla in last season’s Sydney premiership.

Earlier on Monday morning, Shinn rode triple Group One winner Happy Clapper to an eye-catching fourth in a 1250m-trial.

Shinn was aboard the Pat Webster-trained Happy Clapper in his three Group One wins last season in the Epsom Handicap, Canterbury Stakes and Doncaster Mile.

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