It can be difficult to look on the bright side while nursing a broken shoulder as well as two vertebrae breaks on top of some cracked ribs and a punctured lung, but on Monday an upbeat Brad Rawiller was already thinking of his comeback.
Rawiller sustained the injuries in a fall at Bunbury in Western Australia last Wednesday but just five days later he said he was hopeful his downtime from the saddle may just be two months after initially appearing he would need a lot longer time in recuperation.
‘’I would have thought after day one, I was looking at three months at least and now, two months is not out of the question,’’ he said from Bunbury Regional Hospital on Monday.
‘’Last night I got the drain taken out (from his lung) and I am just waiting for a final check-up so I can leave Bunbury and get to Perth to see a specialist.
‘’Up until now, it has mainly been about my breathing with the punctured lung but the drain is out now and I’ve noticed a big difference this morning.’’
The 42-year-old winner of 2825 races – 25 of them at group 1 level – had only moved to Perth late in the spring and already making an impact with a group 1 win aboard Elite Street in the Winterbottom Stakes coming just two weeks after his shift from Victoria.
The fall was the second serious one in recent seasons for the former rider of the champion Weekend Hussler, as he was sidelined for six months after sustaining a neck injury in a fall at Cranbourne in October, 2018.