Bruised rider on course

TONY BIRD
Last updated 05:00 22/11/2012

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New Plymouth apprentice Miranda Dravitzki expects to be riding at the Taranaki twilight meeting at New Plymouth's Pukekura Raceway tomorrow despite a recent fall.

Dravitzki escaped serious injury at the Woodville-Pahiatua Racing Club's meeting at Woodville on Monday when her mount in race two, Jilted, clipped heels with another runner and fell.

Dravitzki was trodden on by a following runner but apart from bruising to an arm, leg and back, escaped serious injury.

She was stood down from the remainder of her Woodville engagements but was back riding trackwork at the New Plymouth racecourse on Tuesday morning.

"I thought I'd broken my arm at first but after a couple of hours it came right," she said of the fall.

Dravitzki expects to gain a medical clearance before tomorrow's meeting and has several confirmed rides.

She rode three winners last week, including a double at the Otaki-Maori Racing Club meeting, and guided Already Perfect home at double-figure odds at Tauranga.

That victory took Dravitzki's career tally to 19 wins since she started riding last May.

Thirteen of her wins have come this season, placing her second on the national apprentice premiership ladder.

Waikato's Rory Hutchings, with 27 wins, leads the premiership.

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