Star jockey Sonja Wisemen had her face smashed by a rock and ended up in hospital when a group of men attacked her car outside her house in Darwin.
Wismen, 31, who is due to marry Darwin trainer Tommy Logan in three weeks, said she feared for her life when 10-15 men circled her car and smashed the window in on the passenger door.
She said the men “started laughing” at her and were like a pack of wild dogs before they attacked.
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Wiseman was planning to ride in the Darwin Cup, which is on Monday, August 7.
A winner of 435 races, she was booked to ride Lethal Encounter, but that is now in doubt.
Her nose was fractured in three places during the incident on Friday night, and she had two teeth knocked out.
Wisemen’s nose was fractured in three places in the attack. Credit: Supplied
“I instantly locked my door and tried to get the keys in the ignition. But in my state of freaking out, I then kept turning the ignition even though the car was on,” she told racenet.com.au.
“We have a manual car and, for the life of me, I forgot how to use the clutch. They were reefing on the driver’s side door trying to get it open. They were saying, ‘we are going to get out of the car you bitch’. I was so terrified.”
Wisemen said the men were “like a pack of coyotes going on a hunt”.
“I was screaming, I knew it was going to be bad,” she said.
She said one of the men circled the car with a metal or timber object and they were saying they were going to kill her.
She started honking her horn and called triple 0.
Security guards from nearby army barracks eventually turned up and the men retreated.
She is still having panic attacks and is unsure she will make the Darwin Cup. Credit: Instagram
Since the attack, she has had several panic attacks. Medical staff are also concerned about infections.
Although heartbroken about her condition ahead of her wedding, she knows she is lucky to be alive.
She has been given a medical clearance to ride trackwork on Wednesday but that might not happen if she suffers further pain or nose bleeds.
Police are reportedly still investigating.
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