Owen faces short stint on the sideline

Billy Owen will be out of action for a month after injuring his ankle. Photo: Daryl Duckworth Photography.

“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.

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

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

“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 an already up to 17 city winners now so only three left with the 3kg claim,” he said.

Owen, who made the move to Sydney to join 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.”