Fred Kersley Back to Riding Work after Recovery from Stomach Ulcer

TAREN POINT, New South Wales — Fred Kersley joins fellow horseman Brad Rawiller as returnees to horse racing. They were recently receiving medical treatment and needed to leave racing temporarily. Seven weeks ago, Rawiller was at Bunbury, where he suffered in a race fall. The 25-time, Group One-winning rider needed to spend some time in the hospital due to a punctured lung and a broken collarbone.

Rawiller has reportedly made a fast recovery. Last November, the 42-year-old Western Australia-based Victorian won the 2020 Winterbottom Stakes, where he combined with Elite Street. The Group One Newmarket Handicap contestant bagged the victory in an upset at 30/1, per the details posted online by Australian horse racing news and information outlet, Races.com.au. 

Meanwhile, Kersley is also returning to riding work soon. He is reportedly back in the gym, getting ready for his comeback to the saddle. The 21-year-old jockey sat out a month after an emergency for a burst stomach ulcer. Last February 14, Kersley was due to compete at Colac. Nevertheless, when he woke up at 3 AM that day, he mentioned that he felt unusual. 

Mark Guest is Kersley’s manager. He shared that the horseman just woke up in the middle of the evening at that time. Then, Guest relayed that Kersley went downstairs and consumed some strawberries. However, he cited that the fruits did not make the jockey feel better. Guest pointed out that Kersley reached the point where he could not breathe properly.

The rider was reportedly struggling to breathe and virtually got down on the floor. Guest said that, during those moments, Kersley demanded medical help. The jockey’s manager remarked that the physicians would conduct keyhole surgery, though they were unaware exactly where Kersley’s ailment was. Thus, the physicians needed to perform a medical operation to identify the horseman’s precise problem in his body.

Before Kersley got rushed and confined to the hospital, his last ride was at Flemington on February 13. His experience of severe shortness of breath was reportedly a frightening episode in his career. Kersley had to stay in the hospital for three nights. Additionally, the physicians used a drip to feed him. Since last month’s incident, Kersley has been recovering from exploratory surgery, which the doctors performed to discover his stomach or duodenal ulcer.

Guest confirmed that Kersley is fit and healthy and has already made a full recovery, according to the update posted online by Australian horse betting information and news portal, Racenet. He relayed that the physicians merely desire to ensure that the rider has completely healed and everything is going well before they give him the green light to ride again. 

As Kersley returns in a rich vein of form, he is eyeing to bag more wins. The high-performing horseman has 13 minor placings and six winners from his last 50 rides. During the middle of next week, Kersley is hoping to get a good report, per Guest. The manager added that the jockey hopes that all things would turn out fine as he receives his medical clearance from the surgeon.

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