Junior reinsman Sean Grayling is currently recovering in Waikato Hospital after suffering a broken wrist after being dislodged from the cart by La Norvic De Milo, who ran out of racing room and fell in the second race at Cambridge last night.
“It was a shame because it had been a good drive before El Success started stopping on him at a huge rate of knots,” said Sean’s father, Tony. “He has also got a fair bit of skin off his face but apart from that he is in good spirits. Just very very sore,” he added.
Stewards interviewed horsemen Peter Ferguson and Arna Donnelly. Both stated that La Norvic De Milo did not make contact with either sulky. Due to the unavailability of Sean Grayling the stewards adjourned an enquiry.
Grayling, who was recently awarded the North Island Cadet Ring Star Award, said that his memory of the events was slightly foggy.
The young ambitious reinsman said that he was gutted to miss out on the drive on Destined To Take, who finished a narrow second later in the night for replacement driver Tony Cameron.
“He missed the start, and then got humped three-wide down the back, so it was a big run,” said Grayling.
Grayling, who is employed by Destined To Take’s trainer Barry Purdon, said that he has been told that his wrist will take 5-6 weeks to heal and that he may still need surgery on it.
Grayling was having his sixth career drive on La Norvic De Milo last night. He has already notched up two seconds and is a former Kidz Kartz Premiership winning driver, so something tells me when he does get back out on the track, he won’t be long out of the winners circle.
Meanwhile, the feature pace of the night at Cambridge was taken out by the John and Josh Dickie trainer Lively Nights, who peeled off some slick sectionals to hold off Bettor Romance and Underwood Road.
By Mitchell Robertson