Day At The Track

Fall hasn't dampened Donna's spirits

09:00 AM 25 Nov 2020 NZDT
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Donna Castles hopes to be back in the sulky later in the week after her fall at Cobram, Harness racing
Donna Castles hopes to be back in the sulky later in the week after her fall at Cobram
Courtesy Cobram HRC

Lively Shepparton horsewoman Donna Castles was taken to hospital after a heavy racefall on Monday, but says she'll be "all good to go again soon".

Castles, who prepares a big team at Ardmona with partner Doc Wilson, was thrown into the air when another runner got its hoof wedged in her sulky during a scrimmage in race six at the Cobram meeting.

"I did have a little sleepover in hospital for a night. They just wanted to keep me under observation because I landed on my back and hit my head," she said.

"I felt like I was being flung about like a rag doll. I remember being really worried when my leg got stuck-but thankfully it was only for a split second and I got it free before I got tossed out."

Castles was driving chestnut mare Dances in the Peter Enals Cobram Caravans Trot.

They were positioned three back the pegs with about 450 metres to go and gave ground slightly before the trailing horse Itsarapt, who was racing fiercely for pint-sized Bec Bartley, put his front foot into the off-side wheel of Castles' sulky.

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"I knew he was pulling hard and over-racing for Bec, but she was doing her best. His hoof jammed near the stay and I got thrown onto a shaft, then back to the seat, but then hit the shaft again and that was it for me," Castles said.

"I really felt at one point that I was being dragged out to the front of Bec's horse, which could have been really bad."

The popular reinswoman who is a regular at meetings in the Goulburn Valley region said it was only the second time she had ever been involved in a racefall in her career.

"I've been pretty lucky. But I'm okay and hopefully I'll be back at it again soon. We've got two starters in the one race at Maryborough on Friday so fingers crossed I'll be there," she said.

The Cobram event was won by father-and-son Steven and Ryan Duffy with four-year-old brown mare Majic Fair (Majestic Son-Clefairy (Extrovert), who has turned it all around this season with five wins and seven placings for over $27,000.

 

Terry Gange

NewsAlert PR Mildura

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