Harrison's dream run ended by injury


Cambridge junior driver Alicia Harrison has had her recent dream run ended by injury.

She fractured a bone on the inside of her ankle joint when driving Its Official Babe at Alexandra Park last Friday night, coping a stray kick from the cantankerous mare in her preliminary.

She still managed to drive that race, and pilot Jo’s Dream to victory later on in the night, despite being in discomfort.

The break wasn’t diagnosed for another five days, however.

“They told me it was fractured on Saturday morning after taking some x-rays, but then they did some more and changed their mind.

“I decided to go and see the GP yesterday because I couldn’t walk on at all.

“Then I got a call from Waikato Hospital. Their radiologist had finally got around to reviewing the first x-rays and confirmed it was broken.

“So, I spent five hours at A&E yesterday afternoon getting more x-rays done and then a cast put on.”  

There is no definitive timeline, but Harrison doesn’t expect to be back driving until at least October.  

“It sounds like it will be six weeks at a minimum.

“Not ideal and definitely not what I was hoping for.

“When you get a bit of a roll on, you like to keep it going.”

Harrison was last month crowned the national junior driver’s champion after winning two of the four heats in the South Island.

She followed that up with a double at Auckland on July 27 and the Jo’s Dream win last week.

Not wanting to spend her time injured sitting around at home, has still tried to help out at boss Arna Donnelly’s, but that was short-lived.

“I went yesterday morning but was reasonably useless.

“I made some feeds and helped gear one up on one leg.”

Harrison wille be hoping one of her two horses, Womeninleague and Sir Henry Castleton, can win at tonight’s local Cambridge meeting.

Donnelly is jumping in the cart with both horses.

“She better win, or she’ll be sacked,” quipped Harrison.

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