Peter Hall's dreams of a second Perth Cup have been shattered by a fall at Ascot on Saturday.
However, the veteran jockey is still able to look on the bright side.
Hall was preparing to be reunited with Lords Ransom in tomorrow's $500,000 Golden River Developments Perth Cup (2400m), but he suffered three broken ribs, a punctured lung and bruising to his left shoulder in a fall from Mighty Rossa at the 400m.
The 45-year-old reignited the 2010 Perth Cup winner to give a record weight-carrying performance when winning the Bunbury Cup (2200m) and Pinjarra Cup (2300m) last autumn despite being lumped with 59.5kg and 61kg respectively.
Lords Ransom has 55kg and is due to have his fourth run back this campaign in tomorrow's Perth Cup. Player has the Jeune gelding at $51.
Hall was taken to Royal Perth Hospital, where he remained yesterday in the trauma ward under sedation.
Hall's wife Lisa said her husband was in good spirits despite having to wear an oxygen mask and having a drip inserted into a lung.
"He can still chat to the nurses so he can't be all too bad," Lisa Hall joked.
"Fortunately he has no neck or spine injuries. His legs are working.
"He has a lot of pain in his left shoulder and the left side of his face is bruised.
"He is in and out of consciousness due to the medication and should be in here for three or four days.
"It will be six to eight weeks until he can ride again."
Hall won the 2006 Perth Cup on Black Tom for his parents after two narrow misses on Victory Morn and Indigo King in the State's premier staying handicap.
Riding bans have been a curse for Hall of late, costing him rides on Perth Cup favourites Chester Road ($3.80) and Mr Moet ($4).
Hall rode Chester Road first-up to give owner-breeder Andy Phelan his first feature win in seven years when taking out the Carbine Club Stakes (1400m) on Super Saturday.
He had just returned from a two-month ban and was unable to make the weight to ride Mr Moet, who was ridden 0.5kg above his 53kg by Daniel Staeck, and won the Railway Stakes (1600m) first-up on the same day.
Mr Moet then finished second in the weight-for-age Kingston Town Classic (1800m) before beating Chester Road in last Saturday week's WFA Cox Stakes (2100m).
Daniel Ganderton will replace Hall on Lords Ransom.
Meanwhile, Steven Parnham said the decision to jump off dual Group 1 winner Playing God and ride his older brother God Has Spoken was a difficult one.
Parnham had ridden Playing God throughout his campaigns in Perth and Melbourne."Fortunately he has no neck or spine injuries. It will be six to eight weeks until he can ride again."" *Lisa Hall *on her husband *Peter *