Tony faces long road to recovery - but so far, so good


Tony is now back at St Fort recuperating after his horrific training accident last month.

While he says he is in good spirits, there is a lot of rehabilitation in front of him.

"I'm keeping my chin up and all the calls and message from well-wishers has given me a big kick-along," Tony said.

"The hospital staff in Melbourne were absolutely terrific but I am pretty happy to be back home.

"While everything is going well, I do realise I have a long, long road to recovery."

Tony is lucky to be alive after he broke his neck between C2 and C3 vertebrae.  He was catapulted from the cart and landed vertically on his head while working a youngster at St Fort.

After being found some time later he was airlifted to Melbourne for treatment.

Tony said it was a miracle he didn't require major surgery.

"I definitely think I might have used up one of my nine lives!"

But with the boss recuperating it's been business as usual at St Fort, with nearly 50 live foals on the ground and more than 100 mares in foal. 

In addition, more than a dozen youngsters are being prepared for the upcoming yearling sales.