Owen set for stint on the sideline

Billy Owen will be out of the saddle for at least 3-4 weeks after injuring his ankle in a training mishap.

Billy Owen won’t be racing any time soon after a freak training mishap left the Brungle hoop with an ankle injury.

In an effort to keep fit and reduce his weight, Owen fell awkwardly while training and is now looking at least 3-4 weeks on the sideline.

“I was training with Trent Langlands, who works with jockeys like Hugh Bowman, Kerrin McEvoy and James McDonald, and during one of the drills, my left ankle just sort of rolled and gave way on me,” he said.

“I have done the ligaments in my ankle and I’m having physio twice a week and doing a bit of swimming to try help the recovery.”

Despite the injury, the 27-year-old is trying to remain positive after a strong start to the season.

“There has been a couple of little hiccups in the last month or so, which hasn’t helped, but I’m up to 17 city winners now so only three left with the 3kg claim,” he said.

Owen, who made the move to the strong John O’Shea stable at the end of 2019, will now focus his attention to keeping the weight off so his injury-enforced stint on the sideline isn’t extended.

“There’s only so much I can do, I can still do some upper body stuff to just keep the fitness ticking over somewhat,” he said.

“I sort of have to accept that I’m going to put some on (some weight) but just keep positive and in a good frame of mind, that’s the biggest thing.”