Day At The Track

Dalgety closes in; bad accident at Auckland

01:39 AM 13 Jul 2013 NZST
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Mac Bubbles
Mac Bubbles

West Melton harness racing trainer Cran Dalgety started yesterday nine wins behind Mark Purdon in the Trainers' Premiership , but after wins with Bit Of A Legend and Mac Bubbles on different islands of New Zealand, he has closed that gap to eight, with Purdon also picking up a win at Addington.

The second of Dalgety's winners, Mac Bubbles, took out an incident packed c1-2 fillies and mares race at Alexandra Park. Where half the field was wiped out by American Angel, who became unsteerable on one rein, moving out and clipping a wheel. This resulted in James Stormont, Todd Mitchell and Jay Abernathy all being dislodged from the sulky.

Now that everyone is alright, we can laugh about Jay Abernathy ending up on Phil Butchers lap and the pair finishing the race in tandem.

On a more serious note, James Stormont was originally knocked unconscious and tangled in the damaged sulky which was dragged by American Angel. Stewards commended Todd Mitchell for his efforts in catching the runaway American Angel.

Mr Stormont was attended by ambulance officers on the track and then taken to hospital for observation. The paramedics advised that he was suffering from suspected concussion and had suffered grazing and bruising.

Back to premiership, with Purdon runnerless for the weekend, Dalgety will try and close the margin further at Oamaru on Sunday. He has three horses engaged including Donegal Starella and Belkmyster who both look strong chances.

Donegal Starella has reportedly been 'working up a storm' while Belkmyster is likely to once again try and dominate from the top.

Alexandra Park, race five - stipes report

MAC BUBBLES improved to take the lead approaching the 1000 metres resulting in AMERICAN ANGEL being restrained to the trail. This filly proceeded to hang badly and progressively got worse rounding the final turn.

pproaching the 300 metres AMERICAN ANGEL (J. Stormont) hung outwards and contacted the sulky of MAY FLY on its outside. AMERICAN ANGEL fell with Horseman J. Stormont being thrown forward and the horse rolling over the top of him.
LINCOLNS MEGASTAR (M. McKendry) which was trailing AMERICAN ANGEL took evasive action, however, GOD FORBID (J. Abernethy) in behind this horse, collided into the falling horse resulting in J. Abernethy being thrown out of the sulky into the sulky of SHARDON'S PEARL being driven by Horseman P. Butcher. LINCOLNS MEGASTAR after successfully evading the falling AMERICAN ANGEL locked sulky wheels with GOLD ELITE (S. Lawson) dislodging Junior Horseman S. Lawson from his sulky.
UCANIFUWANT (T. Mitchell) which was racing last on the running line in behind GOD FORBID also collided into the fallen horse throwing horseman T. Mitchell from the sulky.

r Mitchell was commended by the Stewards for his efforts in catching the runaway AMERICAN ANGEL which was dragging unconscious Horseman J. Stormont who was entangled in the damaged sulky.

r Stormont was attended by ambulance officers on the track and then taken to hospital for observation. The paramedics advised that he was suffering from suspected concussion and had suffered grazing and bruising.

orsemen T. Mitchell, J. Abernethy and S. Lawson were all cleared to drive by the paramedics.
AMERICAN ANGEL was declared ineligible for 28 days up to and including 9th August 2013 with a veterinary certificate of fitness required before it resumes. The club's veterinary surgeon advised that the filly had suffered a slight graze on the shoulder and abrasions to the knees.

 

by Mitchell ROBERTSON

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