No-one wants to witness a pile-up such as the one which had six apprentice riderseither hospitalised ortreated by ambulance officers at Taree Wingham Race Club’sTAB meeting last Monday.
Unfortunately, race falls happen and it is probably due to the compulsory protectivegear worn by jockeys that more serious results are minimised.
Leading apprentice jockey Samantha Clenton,on Port Macquarie four year-old greygelding Bazza’s Boy,was about to try to add to her 81 victories so far this seasonwhen her mount crashed.
Another five apprentices, two of their mounts also crashing over Bazza’sBoy, had varying injuries as a result.The worst, besides Clenton, was Jackson Murphy on Blinkin Rules.Onlythe Saturday before, he had celebratedone of his best days at the track with a winning doubleat Kempsey’s TAB meeting.
Injuries after fall: Injuries have been a source of angst recently but the racing fraternity agree falls are part of the sport.
Clenton’ssurgery entailed herclavicle being fixedwith a plate and screws and shehasfurther problems with her left knee.Murphy, apprenticed to Wauchope trainer Grant Prosser, had internal injuries, and wasadmitted to John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, close to his parents who live nearby.The others were either treated at hospital or given treatment for minor injuries.
Unfortunately, Bazza’s Boy, trained by Jenny Grahamand owned by Wauchope’s DaleMiller, who was trackside, was humanely euthanased.The gelding was promising as a middle distance galloper after a close fourth over1800m in a Highway race at Royal Randwick on February 13.
It hasn’t been a happy season for Miller who lost promising Lightning Striker, trained by Graham,in atrack accident,she also losing promising Deceptive(four wins).
Breeding successKrambach Race Club committee man, Peter Killen, a successful racehorse owner priorto retiring as a teacher, started his hobby breeding career on a winning note with thefirst of his progeny, three-year-old filly Capital Magic, scoring at her fifth start for abig contingent of local owners.
“She missed the kick and still won,” he said of the $13 chancetrained at Taree by BobMilligan and ridden by Grant Buckley.He thought she may have been short of a run but the filly made good ground from lastat her first start from a spell to score by a half length.
Killen mated his Taree winner Firefly Magic with Recapitalize and the result proved agood result at his first breeding venture.He has another two by Haslington out of the mare at home and might beon theverge of having a dynasty of winners.
Kempsey trainer Barry Ratcliff was vindicated forkeeping four-year-old gelding LikeMy Brother in his stable, despite the galloper kicking him and putting his life at risk.He had the last laugh, although still nursing an injured kicked leg, whenthe galloper scored by a long neck at $6 at Taree.The lightning blow was dealt a couple of months ago but Ratcliff, a hardy fellow atmost times, thought little of the injury until things started to go wrong.His leg swelled to such a degree that doctors had no hesitation in placing him inhospital. The result was “about 400 stitches”.
He said the win would allow him to “pay the nurses a sling and the doctor’s bill”, hebeing a part owner.“The result was that the horse nearly killed me,” said Ratcliff.
The trainer bought the gelding–“not a bad maiden”- off the internet for $5000 butthe near $18,000 prize money so far is bound to soothe things, bank and injury wise.
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The cash windfall following the NSW state government’s better taxation policy forthe state’s racing fraternity has resulted in Racing NSW calling for 27 new positionsto ensure the ongoing production of qualified racecourse curators.
Taree and Port Macquarie clubs will benefit from having new positions created towork in turf management and green keeping.
Apprentice sports turf management/greenkeeper;Cert III 4 year apprenticeshipsoffer unique career opportunities and information can be obtainedfrom Racing NSW on 9551 7568 from Mark Brassel or the clubs involved.
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Racing returns to Bushland Drive Racecourse this Friday for an eight-race TABmeeting, featuring the Wingham Cup.
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