IN-FORM jockey Blaike McDougall's year has come to a premature end.
He won't ride again until the new year because of injury and suspension.
McDougall was trodden on by a galloper late last week.
Although he escaped without any serious injury, a suspension has ruled him out until January.
McDougall will now recharge the batteries ahead of the Melbourne autumn carnival.
The talented hoop relocated to Victoria from Albury in August and has wasted little time in attracting the attention of some big name trainers.
McDougall partnered the Peter Moody-trained Oxley Road to victory in the $300,000 Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1200m) over the recent Melbourne spring carnival.
It was the biggest win of his blossoming career so far.
He has rode 23 winners so far this season.
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McDougall's manager Hayden Kelly said the dual Southern District premiership winning hoop had had an immediate impact since making the move to Victoria.
"It's exceeded expectations by so much it's ridiculous," Kelly said.
"He had amazing support from when he came down, mainly through hard work on his part and he reaps the rewards.
"Hopefully he can get the ball rolling again, he's had a bit of a flat spot which can happen after the carnival.
"Come the new year he'll get back into it and kick along, and hopefully just get better and better and keep improving."
Meanwhile, Nick Heywood has escaped serious injury after his fall in the opening race at Albury last weekend.
Heywood is set to ride at Moruya on Sunday.
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