Pain in the saddle
By STEVE SPINKS
EVERY jockey knows about pain.
It comes from the experience of working with animals that can snap bones at the blink of an eye.
So when top Port Macquarie hoop Peter Graham fell from a horse during a race at Bowraville earlier this year, he knew it was just part of his sport.
But it still hurt.
However, the injury didn't stop him from riding the next day at Casino.
He even guided home a winner.
But by the afternoon the continual throbbing in his arm had worsened.
After driving home from Port Macquarie he decided to get it checked out.
Doctors later confirmed that Graham had broken his arm.
It was a bitter blow for the rider who will be on board Sam's Dream at the Casino RSM Club Sky Channel Gold Casino Cup (1400m) on Sunday.
After all, he was chasing the NSW Country jockeys' premiership.
Greg Ryan eventually prevailed on 167 wins with Graham (109) second.
The eight weeks the Port Macquarie rider subsequently spent on the sidelines didn't help.
During his enforced lay-off, Graham used the opportunity to advantage, purchasing a pony for his children to ride.
But since a fortnight ago, when he was cleared to return to riding, the kids have had trouble getting Dad off the horse.
Graham rode in the Coffs Harbour Cup carnival last week.
Sam's Dream has been rated as a good chance for the Casino Cup on Sunday.
This is following his big run a long way from home at Coffs Harbour last week over 1200 metres.
The booking of Graham means that trainer Eric Sandford thinks the six-year-old gelding is a big chance.
With acceptances declared yesterday, Volcanic Scene has been rated top-weight.
The Coffs Harbour mare, trained by Brett Bellamay, will carry 57.5kg.