Nolen undergoes surgery after fall

Top rider undergoes surgery after Pakenham trackwork fall.

Jockey : LUKE NOLEN.
Jockey : LUKE NOLEN. Picture: Steve Hart

Luke Nolen has undergone surgery to stem internal bleeding after a fall at trackwork at Pakenham on Thursday morning.

The rider most famous for his association with champion mare Black Caviar was transported to the Alfred hospital after a fall with fractured left ribs and pelvis problems the initial concern.

But Victorian Jockeys Association Matthew Hyland on Thursday afternoon revealed that the full extent of his injuries had yet to be determined.

"Luke Nolen will undergo surgery this afternoon to stem the internal bleeding," Hyland said in a brief statement.

The injuries will extend a stint on the sidelines for Nolen, who has not ridden since the Sandown meeting on January 17 but was slated to make his return at Pakenham on Thursday night and also ride at The Valley on Friday evening.