Gorrel devastated after truck crash

Wagga trainer Doug Gorrel and apprentice jockey Molly Bourke were lucky to escape without serious injury after a truck crash en route to Albury races.

Wagga trainer Doug Gorrel and apprentice jockey Molly Bourke have escaped serious injury following an accident en route to the Albury race meeting on Thursday

Gorrel’s truck – which was transporting four racehorses Amen Brother, Tinge Of Ginge, Sir Savaluca, and Dantain’s Magic – ended up on its roof after a three-car incident, with Dantain’s Magic unfortunately dying at the scene. 

Gorrel, who was scheduled for surgery on his fractured knee when chatting with NSW Country and Picnic Racing, explained how the incident came about. 

“I can’t believe it,” Gorrel said. 

“A Landcruiser ploughed straight into a woman turning right into her farm entrance, who was waiting for me to pass her – pushed her into the front of my truck – her car was a mess; I can’t believe she walked away.”

The loss of any racehorse is always tough for a stable to deal with, but Gorrel praised his quick-thinking team for dealing with the tragedy and saving Amen Brother, Tinge Of Ginge, and Sir Savaluca.

“We’ve lost Dantain’s Magic, which is so sad,” Gorrel said. 

“The stable staff are shattered about (Dantain’s) Magic. The other three horses are very sore – but touch wood, other than stitches, they seem to be okay. 

“Molly and Anaelle (Gangotena) haven’t left the horses at Wagga Uni vet clinic since they were taken there.”

The racing industry rallied on Thursday evening, sharing messages of support on social media, and Gorrel was happy to have friends thinking of him during this difficult time. 

“I havn’t been of the texts all day with nice messages; (it was a) shit day but it has made me appreciate the people in our sport.”