Top jock is back
By ADAM HICKS firstname.lastname@example.org A DOCTOR would call Allan Robinson's recovery a miracle, a statistician would say his numbers are unique while a poet would cringe at his words.
The top jockey will ride at Ballina today less than six months after breaking his neck in three places.
Robinson was told he would never ride again after he was trampled by a horse at Canterbury in May.
"When they say you've broken your neck, you think you're gone," he said yesterday from his Newcastle home.
"So for the first two weeks I thought I was finished. "But it's all good now. It's quite amazing actually. I don't smoke or drink and I eat good food, so that has to have something to do with health."
Remarkably, Robinson seems to have no mental scars from the fall either.
"There's no lasting impact," he said. "It's your job. You could be a painter and fall off a ladder but you still get back up there and paint.
"I'm probably more aware when I ride now." Robinson has eight rides booked for today including one on Ballina Cup emergency William Street.
"Oh yeah," he said when asked if he liked coming to Ballina.
"It's a nice track and there are very good people involved in the track. Gary Kliese and Stan Hayes are both involved for the racing and that's 2very 1hard to find ... they're both good blokes."
Robinson holds the Australian record for 235.5 wins in a season and has achieved notoriety for his run-ins with stewards during his 20-year career and his appearances on Channel 9's The Footy Show.
Coming to Ballina for just one day is nothing new to Robinson, who rides at country meetings all over the State.
He said the constant travel did get tiresome, but he had plenty of enforced rest periods.
"I've had exactly 100 suspensions so I get plenty of time off," he said. "It's always good to have a break."
One break that made headlines was over allegations he took horse Silent Song to the front too early in a race at Rosehill last year.
When asked about the incident by a television reporter Robinson pulled out a turn of phrase that sounded like a cross between a bush oracle and notorious rapper 50 Cent.
"They accuse me of s***ing myself and I know only farted," he said in the interview.
"I wouldn't do anything wrong. Honest Al the punter's pal they call me."
Bettor friendly or not, the man affectionately known as Robbo will be a drawcard for the 6000 spectators expected at Ballina today.