A Boost For Injured Trainer


Jayne Busslinger was absent from Belmont on Saturday, but she is certain her screams of encouragement would have been heard by on-course patrons.

From her Orange Grove home Busslinger was cheering on Patristic, who cracked it for his first win at his eighth start in the Kirrin Megumi Maiden (1200m).

For Busslinger, Patristic’s milestone victory was more than just a normal race win, but also a welcome relief and a timely boost for the laid-up trainer.

The veteran horsewoman suffered serious injuries in Broome a couple of months back when she fractured her hip and broke her right wrist.

Forced to give up on the remainder of the Broome season, Busslinger was flown to St John Of God Hospital in Murdoch by the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

After several weeks recovering Busslinger is slowing but surely fighting her way back to full health, but she admits Patristic’s win has come at the right time.

“I was starting to feel down in the dumps, but this has perked me up,” Busslinger said.

“I’m over the moon and I really needed it.

“It’s made get up out of bed and given me a boost.

“It’s not until something like this happens you really know how active you are.

“You can drop your bundle pretty quickly and it put me on a downer.

“But I was cheering pretty hard on Saturday and jumping up and down.

“I almost broke my other hip I was going that hard.”

Busslinger retains ownership of Patristic, but as she recovers from her injuries she has handed over care of the four-year-old to new trainer, Donna Riordan.

“She is a lovely person and she knows her horses,” Busslinger said.

“She is very conscientious and that’s what I like to see.

‘I’ve always liked her as a trainer.”

Busslinger is confident Patristic has more city wins left in him after he put away his rivals with ease on the weekend.

Racing in town after two unplaced Broome efforts, Patristic showed a good turn of foot over the final 100m and won by two lengths.

“He didn’t handle Broome that well, didn’t handle the sand,” Busslinger said.

“But I’ve always known him to show a bit of promise.”

Julio Santarelli