Wakefield's luck changes as Grayson wins.
Jan 17, 2014
Trainer Brian Wakefield was back on his feet after three months recovering from a broken leg to saddle up impressive Eagle Farm winner Grayson Square on Wednesday.
Wakefield has had a terrible time after he was badly injured while on a five day motorcycle safari in the Victorian highlands in October.
"It was God's own country and I was really enjoying it when I lost a bit of concentration and over went the bike," he said.
"If I went to the left I would have gone over a cliff and if I went right I would have lost the bike, so I went right," Wakefield said.
He ended up with a spiral fracture of his tibia on his right leg which has left him with a limp.
"Lucky, there were two doctors on the trip. But my ambulance was then diverted to another rider who had a broken pelvis so I had to lie around for two hours before another ambulance came to me" Wakefield said.
During 2013 Wakefield moved a few horses on to North Queensland that were not going to make the grade in Brisbane. That left the stable with four-year-old Grayson Square his only horse which is not a two or three-year-old"
"It has become so expensive to race horses in the Metropolitan area, so if they are not going to be competitive in the city & only be provincial horses, they are better placed up north where the prizemoney at TAB meetings is the same as our provincial meetings in the South-East corner"
"That left me without many raceday starters but I am pleased with the way younger horses are coming to hand & expect to have some nice, young horses going to the races this year"
"It is a tough game when things aren't going right, but a lovely game when you are winning. We will just have to put our team back together again," he said.
Grayson Square ($3.40) gave Wakefield his first city winner since Joint Chiefs scored at Doomben in March.
He beat Heartfelt Quest ($5) by a length with a short neck to Faith No More ($31) in third place in the Grinders Coffee Hcp (1400m).
Grayson Square will now be aimed at Saturday class races.
By Mark Oberhardt