Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Latest Fall Signals End of Career for Yamada

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Latest Fall Signals End of Career for Yamada

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Byline: GLEN McCULLOUGH glenm@thechronicle.com.au

LESS than four months after celebrating his greatest racing moment, Toowoomba jockey Nori Yamada is resigned to never riding again.

Yamada made the decision this week to hang up his saddle on the advice of a specialist after his latest race fall at Clifford Park on June 9.

Yamada suffered a fractured L2 and L3 vertebra after crashing to the track from Carlson's Treasure, 400 metres after the start of the Class 1.

The fall was the latest in a series of race and trackwork spills which have marred Yamada's short, but successful, Clifford Park riding career.

In March this year, Yamada joined a select group when he combined with his former master Michael Nolan to score a home-town win aboard Miss Imagica in the $150,000 Weetwood Handicap at Clifford Park.

But the downside of his riding days included suffering a broken neck during his apprenticeship, sidelining him for eight months.

Yamada has decided he will no longer gamble with his long-term health and well-being and will follow the recommendation of medical experts. …

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