Corey Brown Shares Plans after Stellar Jockey Career

QUEENSLAND, Australia — Corey Brown offered a glimpse of his career plans after his truncated jockey profession. The prolific horseman had to end his brilliant riding work due to a serious spinal injury. Brown will not get lost in the horse racing industry because he is reportedly interested in pursuing a mentoring role for apprentice jockeys.

There are also plenty of media opportunities for the 44-year-old rider, according to the news posted online by Australian horse racing information and news website Racenet. Additionally, Brown is still aligned with Lexus, which is his long-term sponsor. At corporate functions, he is also in-demand as a guest speaker. During the 2019 Queensland Derby, Brown suffered multiple injuries after Lord Arthur, his mount, fell to the turn in the home straight. 

This shocking crash at Eagle Farm resulted in a punctured lung and fractured sternum for the celebrated jockey. Brown underwent back surgery soon following the racing accident. Doctors inserted rods in Brown’s back to stabilise his spine. 

Nevertheless, his spinal injuries did not mend as his surgeons had wished. Brown confirmed this serious situation and pointed out that the physicians were supposed to remove the rods after ten months. The on-going and most serious problem Brown is presently facing is spinal column damage.

The winning horseman severely shattered the T4 vertebrae and damaged the T7. He also shared that, in September 2020, Dr Andrew Cree had informed him that he had to undergo spinal fusion surgery from the T2 to the T10 vertebrae. The renowned orthopaedic surgeon said it would be quite risky for him to ride again once these operations become completed.

Brown is getting ready to undergo the delicate spinal operation he needs next Wednesday, March 24. The outstanding jockey, known as one of the most innately talented riders of contemporary times, has conceded that he is fortunate not to get confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Brown has also finally accepted that he could never ride again. He said that he had ridden 49 Group One winners and that he would have loved to hit the 50-mark. 

Moreover, Brown mentioned that he wanted to do more things as a jockey. He pointed out that he has, nevertheless, realised that his riding career is already finished. Brown shared that he had discussed accepting his fate with his wife, Kylie. 

He remarked that he feels thankful because he had had a great racing career. Brown also relayed that he said his “thank you” to God for allowing him to undergo the spinal surgery next week for his unbearable back pain troubling him for already two years.

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