Jockey Nico de Boinville has confirmed he faces an extended period on the sidelines after damaging his thumb in a fall. The 29-year-old sustained the injury whilst riding the Nicky Henderson-trained Before Midnight at Chepstow on Tuesday.
The Englishman was unseated at the second-last flight in an extended two-mile-three-furlong maiden hurdle and he has now confirmed that he will consult a specialist about the injury on Friday, although he feels he will be out of action for weeks rather than days.
“I damaged my thumb when unseating on Before Midnight at Chepstow on Tuesday, and I am off to see a specialist tomorrow,” de Boinville told his Unibet blog.
“That will tell us where we go next, and the timescales involved, but I am not going to be back within days. “All jockeys look on the bright side in these situations though, and the aim is to be back in the saddle as soon as possible.
“However, you have to rein yourself in and be guided by the professionals, and tomorrow will tell us more.”
De Boinville will be hoping the injury does not keep him sidelined for too long, however, as he is due to saddle the likes of Altior and Might Bite later in the season.