Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne says she is at least another month from deciding whether she will return to racing after a fall at Mildura last month.
Michelle Payne was released from a Melbourne hospital on Wednesday. Photo: Darryl Sherer
Payne has spent the last fortnight in the Alfred Hospital after damaging her pancreas and suffering other internal injuries in the incident on May 23.
Doctors cleared Payne to head home on Wednesday but advised the jockey not to overdo things in the short term.
Payne, who made history as the first woman to pilot a Melbourne Cup winner, said she would take her time deciding whether to continue riding or retire from the saddle.
“I am really thankful for the messages of care and support that I have received from everyone. It has been really overwhelming and means a tremendous amount to me and my family,” Payne said in a statement.
“The pain from the injury and surgery was pretty intense and my doctors have told me to take it very easy for the next month at least.
“In terms of what the future holds, I’m going to be guided by my doctors and how I feel in myself. I have plenty of time to make a decision, and that won’t be my focus for at least another month or so.”