Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Tee Lexus Keeps Spirits High in Chapman Stable You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down; Chapman Stable on Win Streak despite Trainer's Broken Leg

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Tee Lexus Keeps Spirits High in Chapman Stable You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down; Chapman Stable on Win Streak despite Trainer's Broken Leg

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BILL NORTH

Digital Producer

sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

RACING: The racing game is no easy gig.

So imagine trying to run the show with a broken leg.

"It's a hard business," Cathy Chapman said.

"You couldn't do it without a bung leg without people supporting you.

"Everybody needs to have a good team around them."

The Southgate trainer suffered a cracked tibia and multiple fractures to her knee in a recent trackwork mishap.

It's tough to keep a hard-working woman down. Especially one like Chapman who says she had spent one day in hospital her entire life prior to the accident.

"I'm still having as much input as I can," she said.

"I can't bear weight on my leg. Wheelchair or quad bike is the best way to get about.

"I like to do a lot of things myself, but I've got really good people around me.

"Julie Shepherd has been helping me for years and she comes out of a morning and does the boxes. My sister Judy Champman is doing a lot to help, and Jill Ahrens. It would be really hard to mention them all.

"They're all getting frustrated with me because I sit at the window and yell things at them. They reckon they're going to put a sheet of tin up.

"I'm probably not being a very good patient. As you get older you have niggly injuries, but this is not really what I'm used to. I'm not real good at feeling sorry for myself."

Yet despite Chapman's immobility, the stable has banded together for three winners from the last eight starters.

With Chapman stuck at home on race days, it seems her support cast have taken the opportunity to play a starring role including 20-year-old foreman Mitchell Hayward standing in and Simon Mainwaring driving the truck for Carotsa's back to back wins at Coffs Harbour (April 9) and Casino (April 16) followed by My Boy Eagle's win at Murwillumbah on Anzac Day. …

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