Corey Brown has no plans to retire despite revealing how close he came to not being able to walk again following his fall from Lord Arthur in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) last weekend.
Brown underwent surgery in Brisbane on Sunday to repair an unstable fracture to his T7 vertebra and is also nursing a cracked sternum and punctured lung.
He said a piece of spine had been chipped off and was floating around his back with doctors saying it was a one in a million chance it had not hit the spinal cord.
“I’ve loved my racing more in the last five or six years, especially the last three since I’ve been back in Australia, than what I did as a young kid,” Brown said.
“This is a bit of a wake-up call. It’s the job we do and the older you get, you don’t bounce as well, but I’ve still got plenty of time left in me.