Newcastle apprentice Samantha Clenton was injured in a frightening race fall at Scone on Friday, less than a week after scoring her first winner in a comeback from an another heavy spill.
Clenton, the top NSW apprentice last season, was near the rail at the rear of the field on the Steve Hodge-trained Colour Of Love when the mare fell at the 400m mark. Clenton hit the ground hard and lost consciousness briefly before complaining of chest, knee and shoulder pain. She was treated by paramedics at the scene before taken to John Hunter Hospital via the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. The eighth and last race was abandoned.
Colour Of Love reportedly came through the fall without serious injury.
The ride was Clenton’s 25th since returning to racing on September 12 from a broken collarbone and other injuries sustained in a fall at Taree on May 23. She rode a winner at Port Macquarie on October 8 and another at Tamworth on Monday.
She was due to ride Howmuchdoyouloveme in the listed City Tattersalls Lightning at Randwick on Saturday, as well as Newcastle trainer Kris Lees’ Powerline in an earlier race.
Meanwhile, a wide gate was Lees’ only concern for Danish Twist ahead of her shot at group 2 success at Caulfield on Saturday.
The five-year-old mare, a winner of the group 3 Dark Jewel at Scone in May, teams up with jockey Damien Oliver in the Tristarc Stakes (1400 metres) for the first time since their Provincial Championships Final win in April at Randwick. Oliver is free to ride Saturday despite a 20-meeting suspension.
Danish Twist resumed from a three-month spell to finish 0.2 of a length off victory in the group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on October 1. Lees was confident of another strong display but said the draw in 12 was a setback.
“She seems to have come back in good order,” Lees said. “It was a really good return in the Premiere Stakes to go down by a narrow margin. Back to mares company, I think she’s well suited. She just needs some luck from a wide gate. She gets back anyway but that draw means she’s probably going to have to go right back.”
Danish Twist was $4.60 with TAB Fixed Odds. Lees said Tycoon Tara ($2.60 fav) “will be very hard to beat.”
At Randwick, Lees has Savoureux ($7) and Onemorezeta ($15) in the group 3 Nivison (1200m). Savouruex is expected to threaten after her third in the Tibbie Stakes at Newcastle but Lees said Onemorezeta should not be discounted.
“Savouruex is up and going, and she’s been up a while, but the other mare is a quality mare,” he said. “She’s had a nice preparation. She’s drawn wide again though and she’s going to need things to go right.”
In listed races at Randwick, Lees has Sense Of Occasion from gate five in the listed Tattersalls Club Cup (2400m) and Guard Of Honour from 11 for the Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m).
Sense Of Occasion won the listed Premier Cup at Rosehill and followed that with fourth in the Newcastle Cup and fifth in the group 1 Metropolitan. He was second favourite for Saturday at $4.60.
“He’s racing really well,” Lees said. “He’s a consistent horse and he’s a chance in that race with any kind of luck.”
Guard Of Honour was favourite for the Brian Crowley despite drawing poorly in 10 after winning his last start, the listed Heritage Stakes on September 17 at Randwick.
“It’s a good race and he just needed a gate,” Lee said.
“He’s drawn wide but if he can get over, he’s going to show up in the race.
“It’s a good test for him and we’ll know where he’s at, that’s for sure.”
Lees has been to Melbourne this week to check on the progress of Danish Twist and Cox Plate hope Lucia Valentina, which takes on superstars Winx and Hartnell on October 22 at Moonee Valley.
Lucia Valentina, a $17 chance in the Cox Plate, worked on the Mooney Valley course on Thursday and Lees was pleased with what he saw.
“I’m really happy with her,” he said.
“She handled Moonee Valley really well, but we just find a year where we’ve got a couple of really outstanding horses in it.
“We’ll just see what happens.”
Winx was $1.90 to extend her winning streak to 13 and Hartnell was $3.