Victoria’s leading jockey Linda Meech is expected to miss a month of riding after suffering injuries in a race fall at Geelong on Wednesday.
Meech partnered La Lova in a benchmark 70 handicap and was unseated at the start of the 1100-metre contest when her mount knuckled upon exiting the barriers.
The 38-year-old was taken to hospital where scans revealed she sustained a fractured collarbone in the incident. Medical advice suggests that no surgery will be required.
Meech has enjoyed one of her best seasons, riding 116 winners during 2018/19. She's ridden 127 winners during each of the past two seasons and may still pass that mark before the end of July.
Meech also leads this season's Victorian jockeys’ premiership with 114 wins and her strike rate of 17.8 per cent is the highest of all top-20 riders across the state. She is positioned 11th in the Melbourne jockeys’ premiership with 20 victories registered since August.