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Winona Costin has second fall at Canberra in a fortnight on Black Opal Stakes day

Emerging Sydney apprentice jockey Winona Costin could be excused for never returning to Canberra after she left Black Opal Stakes day with "hoof marks from her backside to her armpits" following her second fall at Thoroughbred Park in two weeks.

Costin was taken to hospital two weeks ago after being involved in a four-horse pile-up that left fellow jockey Richie Bensley in hospital with a fractured pelvis.

Winona Costin, left, speaks with fellow jockey Kathy O'Hara after being thrown off Layo Layo in the mounting yard before ...
Winona Costin, left, speaks with fellow jockey Kathy O'Hara after being thrown off Layo Layo in the mounting yard before race three. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

And she went home early on Sunday after Layo Layo threw her in the mounting yard before race three, the Camarena Handicap (1000m).

"I've got hoof marks from my backside to my armpits. I was very lucky, the horse rolled on me. I want to ride tomorrow, I've got to ride for my dad [at Kembla Grange]," she said.

It came after a tough 30 minutes for female jockeys, with Canberra apprentice hoop Kayla Nisbet thrown after crossing the line in the previous race.

Law Of The Land turfed Nisbet in the benchmark 65 handicap (1400m) and then leapt the rails.

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Nisbet returned to the mounting yard unhurt and continued riding for the rest of the day.

Meanwhile, trainer David Vandyke was considering the group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1600m) at Rosehill in three weeks as a possible target for Cosmic Cube after winning the listed National Sprint (1400m) on Super Sunday.

Jockey Winona Costin, left, with fellow jockey Kathy O'Hara.
Jockey Winona Costin, left, with fellow jockey Kathy O'Hara. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

"We set him for a race last week in town, we accepted, we didn't get a run. We lost [jockey] Jason Collette [through illness], who was meant to ride him today, it's been a very chequered path to this victory today, but it's probably the right path," Vandyke said.

"We've got some options. We might think about the Doncaster Prelude."

Officials run in to control Layo Layo after the horse threw off jockey Winona Costin before the start of race three.
Officials run in to control Layo Layo after the horse threw off jockey Winona Costin before the start of race three. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

The John O'Shea-trained Italy took out the listed Canberra Guineas (1400m).

"In her early days we thought she was quite a nice two-year-old filly, could step up to stakes grade and she just went through a purple patch where she just lost her confidence, she wasn't jumping out of the gates," Godolphin assistant trainer Darren Beadman said.

"But she's reinvigorated and now she's racing with a lot of confidence and showed a lot of tenacity and fight to win."