Jockey Got It Right on the Ambulance Front

Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia), November 16, 2013 | Go to article overview

Jockey Got It Right on the Ambulance Front


IT WAS terribly sad last weekend to hear about Gympie jockey Desiree Gill losing her life after a fall at Corbould Park.

It just highlights what a dangerous sport those brave little people choose to participate in, but obviously must love despite the danger.

I remember reading a quote from a jockey somewhere who said: "What other job do you go to where the ambulance follows you around."

I think that sums it up.

It was heart warming to see the Sunshine Coast Turf Club donate the $20,000 prizemoney from the two races that were abandoned after the fall last weekend, and also the support Racing Minister Steve Dickson offered towards the Desiree Gill Fund.

For donations: BSB 084-004, account 39-452-7218.

ON a brighter note, and jockeys are known for their sense of humour, retired local jockey Brad Harding was in the Alex surf club the other day and although he rode more than 800 winners in his career, it might be time for him to get his eyes tested.

Keno has a new game out that is best described as cartoon horse racing, which you can bet on just like the real thing.

Brad was sitting there with his first beer and told his mate that he wouldn't be backing that grey horse going to the barrier as it was bucking -- old mate thought they were the real thing.

THE Rugby League World Cup has not actually grabbed my attention -- I have not watched one game and I think I will wait until Australia plays whoever in the final.

I do understand the difficulties of growing rugby league on the world stage, but even as a devoted league fan I struggle with calling it the World Cup when the best or worst example of the eligibility rules is that Clint Newton can play for the USA because he was born there while his dad, Jack, was playing a tournament in the PGA -- fair dinkum, that will do me. …

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