Trainer injured in truck accident
Southern NSW trainer Doug Gorrel is in Wagga Base Hospital with a fractured knee after being involved in a three-vehicle accident en route to Albury races yesterday.
Gorrel, who relocated from Canberra to Wagga Wagga last year, was driving his horse truck transporting four horses to the border city race meeting when the accident occurred about 12.10pm on the Olympic Way, north of Henty. Apprentice jockey Molly Bourke was able to walk away from the accident, which saw the horse truck roll onto its roof, but sadly the Kooringal Stud-owned Dantain’s Magic (Magic Albert), a winner of three of her 14 starts, was killed in the incident.
A woman in her 50s was also taken to Wagga Base Hospital for observation, while two others involved in the crash were assessed by paramedics at the scene. Last night, Gorrel told The Daily Advertiser from hospital that the surviving three horses – Amen Brother (The Brothers War), Sir Savaluca (Savabeel) and Tinge Of Ginge (Bon Hoffa) – were in a “bad way” at the Charles Sturt University veterinary hospital. “Anaelle [Gangotena] and Molly [Bourke] are out there at the hospital and they won’t leave until they know [the horses are] well,” Gorrel said.
“They’re good people. We’re always tired and cranky in this game, but when something like this happens you work out how good your staff are.” Gorrel added: “The woman who got rear ended and pushed in front of my truck, her car is an absolute crumbled mess. She should be dead and she walked away, thank God, so that’s the positive.”