Bryony Frost is set to be out of the saddle for longer than first expected following a fall earlier this month.
The jockey was unseated when riding Billy My Boy in the Conditional Jockeys? Handicap Hurdle at Newton Abbot on July 6.
Frost expected to be back out racing after just a couple of weeks but further scans have returned bad news.
The Grade One-winning rider discovered that she had sustained more serious internal injuries and has been told to wait at least two more weeks before beginning the rehabilitation process.
Frost told the Jockey Club website: “I went to Derriford Hospital from Newton Abbot after my fall and I thought I’d be out the following morning and back riding. However, the CT scan came back, and the damage was more serious than expected.
“It showed as well as a fracture to the end of my sternum, I had a small liver tear and bruising to my pancreas, none of which required surgery.
“I also had an unusual injury to the artery to my pancreas which had been damaged and started to swell causing a sac called an aneurysm.
“Fortunately this did not leak, which can be life threatening, and with rest it should heal without an operation.
“All being well, I’ll be up at Oaksey House in Lambourn in two weeks’ time to start my rehabilitation, but I will need further scans in August before getting the all clear to start riding again.”