Saturday marks nine years since decorated Group 1 winning jockey David Taggart rode his last ever winner, Sonic Hit in a 1770m maiden at Pakenham.
Fifteen days later Taggart lay on the turf at Stony Creek, his legs shattered, his body broken and his career over.
In that instant Taggart's life was changed forever and at 33 years of age he was forced to contemplate life effectively disabled. What followed was an arduous mental and physical rehabilitation that Taggart admits cost him as much as the accident itself, a process that continues to this day.
Taggart lives every day in pain due to two fused ankles and continues to battle the mental strain of day to day life out of the saddle, but he is grateful that he is here to tell his story and to continue on in the hope that one day his condition will improve and his body will heal.
Sadly, Taggart's story is not uncommon in racing; jockeys put their bodies on the line everyday of the week around Australia in the pursuit of their sport and their passion, serious injury and occasionally...