Horse trainer forced to postpone wedding
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.