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Jay Ford banking on Magic Millions return with Faraway Town after Mudgee Cup fall

Lucky escape: Jay Ford was one of a host of jockeys to escape serious injury following falls in the Mudgee Cup. Photo: bradleyphotos杭州龙凤论坛m.auDespite being caught up in one of the most horrifying falls seen on an n racetrack for years, Jay Ford is confident of recovering in time to ride in the $2 million Magic Millions Classic next month.

One of five riders to crash to the turf in a sickening Mudgee Cup fall last Friday, Ford is leaning towards skipping surgery on his left hand – broken in three places and in a cast – after welcoming a positive diagnosis on Tuesday.

It means the regular rider of Matthew Smith’s Faraway Town is a chance of rekindling his association with the filly in time for the two-year-old scamper, which will headline the Magic Millions carnival on January 9.

The $10 million in prizemoney on offer across the card means it is set to become ‘s richest race day in 2016.

There will be no greater storyline than if Ford, Takeover Target’s one-time regular rider who was strewn across the track with four other riders in the back straight on Friday, can pilot Faraway Town to victory in Queensland’s richest race.

“I’m planning to [be there],” Ford said. “It’s a bit early to be a definite yes or no because the timeframe is probably going to be a bit close, but I would say in the next fortnight I will have a better idea of where it lies and how it looks.

“Given no hiccups along the way I reckon I’ll be fine, but it’s only been a few days since it’s happened, so it’s a bit early to make a decision one way or another. I’ll be pressing to come back in time to be able to ride her on the Gold Coast.”

Smith is likely to revert to a replacement rider for Faraway Town given he plans to give the filly a preparatory run on either December 19 or a week later in the BJ McLachlan Stakes on Boxing Day.

“She’s going great and that is the plan at this stage and I’ll chat to Jay to see when he thinks he can get back,” Smith said.

Ford admitted he has watched the replay of the Mudgee Cup fall several times and knew he was always going to be in a perilous position with his mount Are You Sure travelling well back in the field.

“It was a pretty nasty fall and the worst I’ve ever been involved in,” Ford said. “I think it’s quite lucky everyone came out as well as they did. Broken bones can heal and from the gravity of the fall it was quite unbelievable.

“When I saw the first couple go down I knew I was going too and there’s not a lot you can do about it. Fortunately everyone’s going to be A-OK so it’s pretty much a blessing.

“It will be good to come back straight into it and have a decent ride in a nice race.”

Faraway Town is on the seventh line of betting at $21 for the Magic Millions Classic, which is headed by $3.50 favourite Capitalist.

The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained colt blitzed his rivals in a Rosehill barrier trial on Tuesday as the training partnership plots a path to the Magic Millions.

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