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.
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.”