Rails Run: Duggan’s exceptional comeback gathers momentum

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Jenny Duggan’s exceptional using renaissance continues at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

The apprentice and mother-of-three has six rides on the New 12 months’s Eve program together with Our Bellagio Miss within the TAB Handicap (1100m).

Duggan mixed with Our Bellagio Miss to attain an upset win over the Randwick 1000m course in a really quick 56.06s two weeks in the past.

Our Bellagio Miss was Duggan’s first metropolis winner for greater than 12 months as she spent most of 2022 recovering from a debilitating neck harm and considering her future.

“I felt near retiring from using,’’ Duggan mentioned.

“My neck harm was not getting any higher and it was getting me down.’’

Duggan suffered fractures to her neck, proper shoulder, left wrist, proper foot and nostril in a horror fall at Scone in 2020.

The docs advised Duggan her physique would recuperate however her neck harm would take a minimum of 12 months to heal.

She did make a comeback throughout 2021 and rode a stakes winner on Torrens within the Listed Metropolis Tattersalls Membership Cup however her neck ache progressively grew to become worse. Duggan needed to cease using for extra therapy and was given two steroid injections in her troublesome neck.

“The primary one didn’t actually take however then I had the second injection simply a few days earlier than I flew residence to see my dad and mom in Sweden,’’ she mentioned.

“After I was abroad, I acquired away from racing and slowly my neck began to really feel so a lot better.

“I began to coach once more and since my dad and mom stay on a farm and have inventory horses, I started using them for enjoyable.

“It didn’t take me lengthy to grasp I missed racing and I believed I nonetheless have a minimum of one comeback in me.’’

Duggan returned to race using early in December and rode a winner at Tamworth simply a few days earlier than Our Bellagio Miss scored at $61 at Randwick two weeks in the past.

In a decent end, Our Bellagio Moss simply held off the quick ending Vowmaster however Duggan was sure her mare had been pipped on the submit.

“I believed we had simply misplaced then as we have been coming again to scale I couldn’t work out what the digicam was on me,’’ Duggan mentioned.

“Then I realised we had gained, it was such a thrill. I can’t thank (trainers) Robert and Luke Value and the mare’s homeowners for giving me the possibility to experience her.’’

Our Bellagio Miss is rated solely a $26 likelihood for Saturday’s race however Duggan believes the mare is able to one other upset win.

“I really feel she is a kind of horses that has been in search of dry tracks,’’ Duggan mentioned.

“It will have been so laborious for her to be going round on heavy 10 tracks on a regular basis. Quite a lot of horses have turned their kind round with the drier tracks.’’

Duggan additionally rides the James Ponsonby-trained duo of Philipsburg and Socrates, who’re part-owned by excessive profile media personalities, 2GB presenter John Stanley and Sky Racing host Andrew Martin.

Philipsburg is rated a $23 likelihood within the Kia Ora Prague Handicap (1600m) and Socrates can also be at $23 for the Fujitsu Normal Handicap (2000m).

Duggan’s different rides contains the Sue Grills-trained Mr Severino ($31) within the TAB Freeway (1400m), coach Matthew Smith’s useful mare Simple ($51) within the Egroup Safety Handicap (1100m) and Bergen ($71) from the Sara Ryan secure within the Furphy Handicap (1300m).

The apprentice additionally has two rides at Canterbury’s New 12 months’s Day program on Sunday earlier than travelling to Taree on Tuesday.

By means of sheer persistence and dedication, Duggan has made an entire restoration, is using winners once more and with plans to proceed her profession within the saddle after she comes out of her apprenticeship in two months time. “It’s all about the place you may get the assist,’’ Duggan mentioned.

“However I’ll simply maintain working laborious and making an attempt to attain my objectives. I’m simply blissful to be using once more.’’


Vowmaster and Fast Tempo, who’re clashing with Our Bellagio Miss within the TAB Handicap, have been chargeable for two of the quickest closing sectionals recorded at Royal Randwick two weeks in the past.

Our Bellagio Miss gained the 1000m scamper with Vowmaster coming from again within the area to complete an in depth second and operating his ultimate 600m sectional in a superb 31.68s.

However Fast Tempo got here residence even sooner than Vowmaster, recording a shocking 31.47s for his 600m sectional and ending fourth.

There was a powerful tailwind up the straight that day however the sectionals recorded by Vowmaster and Our Bellagio Miss have been the quickest at Randwick this yr given Sydney has had a plethora of moist tracks.


I Am Me can develop into the primary horse to win 4 Sydney races this season when she contests the Listed $160,000 Canterbury Dash (1200m) at Canterbury on Sunday.

The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained I Am Me has reeled off three successive wins from as many begins, scoring twice at Rosehill earlier than she sped across the Randwick 1200m in a superb 1m 7.77s two weeks in the past.

It’s understood a minimum of two Everest slot-holders have already contacted owner-syndicator Dean Watt of Dynamic Syndications and have I Am Me within the dialog for the world’s richest turf race subsequent October.

In early TAB Mounted Odds betting for The Everest, I Am Me firmed from $101 to $34 for The Everest after her Randwick romp earlier this month.


Sydney racing misplaced a loyal servant when Australian Turf Membership worker Richard Kimpton handed away immediately on Christmas Eve. He was 70. Kimpton labored for plenty of Randwick trainers over time together with the legendary Tommy Smith, Grahame Begg and Robert Pearse, and for the final 20 years he has been managing the equine pool. Funeral particulars are but to be finalised.

Initially revealed as Apprentice Jenny Duggan is taking advantage of her alternatives since her return to using

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