JOCKEY Brendan Ward will be sidelined indefinitely after scans revealed he suffered neck fractures in a fall at Wagga on Friday.
Scans revealed a C2 vertebra fracture with a visit to a neurosurgeon today to determine whether he will require surgery.
While surgery is unlikely, he seems certain to have to wear a neck brace for six weeks or longer.
Ward was injured after being dislodged from his mount, Inigo, at the 700-metre mark in the $15,000 Class 3 Hcp (1400 metres).
Canberra apprentice jockey Carly Frater and Wagga hoop Andrew Bloomfield were also involved in the nasty three-horse fall that marred the meeting.
Frater was knocked unconscious and sustained a cut above her left eye and soreness in her left shoulder.
Bloomfield reported soreness to his neck.
All three jockeys were taken to Wagga Base Hospital for scans.
An inquiry into the fall will be held at a date to be fixed.