Tony on the mend

Back in the '80s, a song written by Bob Corben, and recorded by American country and southern rock band Alabama, sent music lovers into a frenzy.

It wasnt "High Cotton", "Tennessee River", or "If you're gonna play in Texas"!  It was "Can't Keep a Good Man Down"!  It was released in August, 1985, and within three months became the band's 18th-straight Number One song.

The song title became an anthem of resilience and it's certainly applicable to Tony in his recovery since a track accident in December.

Tony was left with a broken neck after being catapulted from the sulky and landing on his head in December.

But after time in the Alfred Hospital, getting back to St Fort has been the tonic for a steady recovery since mid-January. 

Visits to medicos and hospitals have been ongoing to monitor Tony's progress, but everything is going as well as can be hoped.

"I'm struggling a bit in that I am wanting to get out and lend a hand with so much going on, but i also know i need to be patient and let the body fully-recover," Tony said.

"Then I am sure in the long-run I will be right.

"People in the sport are fantastic in how they come in behind you when things go wrong, and you wouldn't believe how much that support plays in keeping you on track.

"I've had so many phone calls and messages of support from people all over Australia and it's meant a lot to me."