Joy for jockey Wesley Joyce

Limerick jockey Wesley Joyce. Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post.

THE MOTHER of a young local jockey has spoken with pride after her son rode a first winner since suffering an horrific fall at Galway last Summer.

Wesley Joyce, 20, of Moyross was in the winners’ enclosure at Cork last week courtesy of 9/2 favourite Trueba in the Follow Us On Social Media Handicap.

Geraldine Joyce told the Racing Post: “We’re delighted. I spent three three months in Galway Hospital with him and prayed every day that everything would be alright. I’m very proud of him.”

Son Wesley said: “It’s great to have my mother here as it’s her first time to see me ride a winner. She’s happy and that’s all I want: to make her happy.”

At Galway, Joyce suffered numerous injuries including broken ribs, a punctured lung, broken shoulder and fractured larynx.

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He explained: “I’m back to 100 percent fitness but I was told that I’d only have 80 percent of my breathing, so I have to work extra hard on my fitness, which I’ve been doing.”