Kathy O’Hara in good spirits and likely to be released from hospital on Monday

On the mend: Kathy O’Hara. Photo: bradleyphotos老域名备案老域名Remarkably, jockey Kathy O’Hara could be released from St Vincent’s Hospital on Monday despite breaking her right collarbone, a couple of ribs and puncturing a lung in a fall in the Australian Oaks at Randwick.
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O’Hara fell from Single Gaze, on which she won the Vinery Stud Stakes last start, when the filly clipped the heels of Happy Hannah at the top of the straight in Saturday’s group 1.

The filly appeared to roll on O’Hara and left the Randwick crowd stunned as Sofia Rosa crossed the line as the winner. O’Hara’s manager Craig Morrisey said O’Hara was in good spirits on Sunday. “She is very tough and her family and friends tell me she is doing really well,” Morrisey said.

“It was one of those falls that you thought the worst when you saw it, so she was very lucky.” An inquiry into the fall has been adjourned until O’Hara is fit enough to give evidence.

Old North looking for win  

John O’Shea will look to finish the autumn campaign of Old North on a high in Saturday’s Frank Packer Plate with an eye to the biggest prizes of the spring.

Godolphin opted not to run Old North in the Australian Derby, despite a commanding win in the Tulloch Stakes by the developing son of Lonhro.

“I’m really glad we didn’t push him into the Derby because he is only going to get better this bloke,” O’Shea said.

“He can hopefully come out on Saturday and get a positive finish to his campaign and we will have a serious horse late on.”

Asinara, which was second emergency for the Queen of the Turf, will also run in the Packer Plate, while two year-old Obscura is likely to be the boys’ in blue only group 1 runner of the day in the Champagne Stakes.

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