Brett Scott was just happy to be at Warrnambool. Winning the Galleywood Hurdle with The Statesman was a massive bonus.
Scott was an induced coma in The Alfred nine weeks ago. He’d suffered serious head injuries after a horse kicked him at his Mornington stable but had made a remarkable recovery to be in the crowd at Warrnambool on Tuesday.
Then a masterful ride from jockey Will Gordon on the The Statesman added another fairytale to Warrnambool’s rich history.
The Galleywood Hurdle was one the few jumps features to elude Scott in his brilliant career in the saddle but joined the honour roll when The Statesman ($17) crossed the line three lengths ahead of second favourite Instigator ($3.30).
Scott’s daughter Tylah capped the family triumph by strapping The Statesman on Wednesday. Tylah had a hand in saving her father’s life when she found him unconscious at the stable after the sickening incident in March.
Brett Scott and daughter Tylah with Galleywood winner The Statesman. Picture: Vince Caligiuri/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
She marvelled at The Statesman’s bravery but was in awe of her father’s achievement to be back at the races so soon after the incident.
“It was only nine weeks ago and he’s back here at the races, it’s amazing,” Scott said.
“This win just makes it ever more special.
“Me and mum were by ourselves when he was in hospital and we had so much help from everyone. That’s the great thing about racing, everyone gets around when you’re in trouble.”
The Statesman started at big odds but still drew a cheer from the huge crowd on course at Warrnambool.
Many were thrilled to see the popular Scott back on track.
Will Gordon and The Statesman (far right, white cap) at the last jump before winning the Galleywood Hurdle. Picture: Vince Caligiuri/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“Just being here is one thing alone. Being here and walking around and talking to people I’ve known for years. Then to have this horse to give us something to celebrate, it’s great,” Scott said.
“Everything has gone along perfectly and I’m so happy to be here again.
“Just to have him here today in this sort of race, like this, and to win like he did is a great effort from everybody – myself, Kylie, Tyler, everyone else involved, and Will Gordon.
“He rode the horse great. He did something I couldn’t do.”
Saunter Boy started as the $2.10 favourite but faded to finish fourth, beaten more than six lengths.
Co-trainer Ciaron Maher said the grey lost confidence after hitting hurdles early in the race.
Originally published asGalleywood triumph for Scott after near-tragedy
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