Horse trainer forced to post­pone wed­ding

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - RACING

Ruakaka horse­woman Donna Lo­gan has suf­fered a se­ri­ous fall that has de­layed her wed­ding and pre­vented her at­tend­ing a spe­cial day at her lo­cal race meet­ing.

‘‘It’s been a dis­as­ter and I feel so sorry for her,’’ said her train­ing part­ner Chris Gibbs.

‘‘She slipped on some wet ground and she took a re­ally bad tum­ble. She’s got a split un­der her nose and a frac­tured skull.

‘‘She’s in hos­pi­tal at the mo­ment and she’s hop­ing to get out to­day. Ev­ery­thing has turned to cus­tard.’’

Lo­gan was to have wed her part­ner Peter Woods on Fri­day and Satur­day’s Ruakaka fix­ture was to have been her farewell meet­ing ahead of a new stage of her train­ing ca­reer in Sin­ga­pore.

Tav­i­s­tock’s son Tavlin at least pro­vided a tonic when he opened his win­ning ac­count in the Re­mem­ber­ing Ila John­son (Grandma J) Maiden (1600m).

The three-year-old, who holds a nom­i­na­tion for the Group I Voda­fone New Zealand Derby (2400m), is co-trained by Lo­gan, who bred the geld­ing and shares in the own­er­ship.

Tavlin was mak­ing his fourth ap­pear­ance and his first suc­cess came off the back of a run­ner-up fin­ish on the course last month.

‘‘The blink­ers helped that bit of green­ness he showed at his last start when he didn’t take a gap as well as we had hoped,’’ Gibbs said.

On Satur­day, rider Matt Cameron had Tavlin trav­el­ling kindly three back on the fence to the turn.

‘‘The gap opened up for us at the top of the straight and he got the job done,’’ he said.

‘‘He’s still learn­ing, but he should go through the grades quickly.’’

And the win­ning did not stop there for the Lo­gan-Gibbs team.

De­spite Lo­gan not be­ing on­course, the part­ner­ship won five races on its home track.

Danz­danz­dance, Richie McHorse, Ro­mancer and Bruce Arthur joined Tavlin in the win­ners’ col­umn.

Cameron rode all of the Lo­ganGibbs win­ners ex­cept Ro­mancer but rode a fifth win­ner of his own with the Jenna Ma­honey-trained Hat­ton Gar­den.

– NZ Racing Desk.


The Donna Lo­gan and Chris Gibbs-trained Tavlin reg­is­tered his first ca­reer vic­tory at Ruakaka on Satur­day.


Donna Lo­gan has suf­fered a frac­tured skull in a fall that forced her to de­lay her wed­ding.

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