Don't Die Working injured

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 05:00 24/03/2014
Rory McIlwrick
JAMES JUBB
DRIVER: Rory McIlwrick has won two races with Don't Die Working.

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Don't Die Working broke a pedal bone at Ascot Park on Saturday and will be rested for six to nine months.

He pulled up sore in 11th place in the Dr Peter Findlayson Pace at the Northern Southland Trotting Club meeting. X-rays confirmed the injury in the off fore leg.

Branxholme co-trainer Ron McEwan said yesterday Don't Die Working would be in a loose box for six weeks and then X-rayed. If the healing is on track, Don't Die Working will be moved to a small paddock. He has won two of his past four starts.

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The connections of Jango Fett are hoping he can give them their second Southern Supremacy Stakes win.

Jango Fett recorded his fifth win from 11 starts in Saturday's Waipounamu and Waimea Contracting Ltd Pace at Ascot Park. He is raced from Kirk Larsen's Branxholme stable by Larsen's wife, Michelle, and Lynette Philpott and her nephew David Hardie, of Sydney.

The owners won the 2003 Southern Supremacy Stakes with Howard Bromac. This year's renewal is at Ascot Park on Sunday.

Jango Fett lugged out and got held up in the run home at Winton on March 15. Larsen added a running pole and an outrigger bit for Saturday's race.

''He drove good, but felt like he needed it [gear changes],'' Larsen said.

Saturday's win in the good time of 2:43.3 (2200m mobile) should have topped Jango Fett off nicely for the Supremacy.

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- The Southland Times

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