The leading female harness racing trainer in New South Wales Kerry Ann Turner has been cleared by doctors to return to race driving after a serious fall from Flyin Along at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday March 24.
Despite still suffering from bruising to her left knee Turner will return to the sulky on Thursday afternoon (April 5) at Newcastle.
“The plan was to go to the doctors on Thursday and get the clearance so I could drive again on the weekend but I have been feeling a bit better each day so I decided to go and see the doctor on Tuesday and was told I could return for Thursday’s meeting at Newcastle which is great,” Turner said.
“My left knee copped the brunt of the fall because one of the horses that ran over the top of me actually trod straight on it so it was pretty badly knocked around and was very bruised but there wasn’t any breaks or serious damage so it was just a matter of time until the swelling went down and the doctor was happy.”
Turner has been enjoying a great run this season as a trainer/driver with 19 training wins and 29 driving victories and does not expect the fall to be a serious setback.
“It isn’t the first time I have fallen, it was probably the fourth or fifth time that I have been dislodged but by far it was the most serious fall I have had but it hasn’t knocked around my nerve and I can’t wait to get back out there.”
“We have got 18 in work at the moment so it has been pretty tough being only able to drive the jogging machine but Robbie (Morris) is doing a fair bit to cover for me.”
Turner was the New South Wales representative in the recent Australasian Young Drivers’ Championships during the Inter Dominion series in Western Australia and is hoping her success continues.
“Everything has been going really well for me, up until Saturday week ago I had been having a really good run and I am really enjoying the training side of things so hopefully the winners keep coming for me.”