Nicci Garner: Jockey Gunter Wrogemann was forced to take a day off on Saturday but was back in the saddle at Scottsville on Sunday when he won the very first race aboard hot favourite Zen Arcade.
After winning Race 1 at Turffontein on Thursday, he was injured while riding Goede Hoop in Race 2. His mount threw her head back as the gates were released, hitting Wrogemann in the face and cutting his nose. He lost his right stirrup iron in the incident, then the left at the 700m marker so could not ride Robbie Sage’s charge out to the finish.
The cut needed stitches and he was stood down from the rest of the race meeting, although he did admit, “I would have liked to carry on riding.”
He continued: “I don’t bruise easily but on Saturday the swelling was worse than I expected, and you can’t ride properly if you can’t breath properly. I took a couple of anti-inflammatories and the swelling came down.”
He had a strong book of rides at Scottsville on Sunday, also winning Race 4 and also notching up two seconds and a third. He will be in action on two carded rides at Turffontein on Tuesday.