Lauren back in the bike after bite

13 April 2018



LAUREN Tritton is engaged to have her first drives back at Menangle on Saturday night after being bitten by a redback spider at that track last week.

The 24-year-old was warming up her horse Eh Ef El prior to race two last Saturday night when she felt something bite her.

“I was in the warm up and I felt it and I slapped at it and it bit me again,” the mother of one recalled.

“I turned to David Morris and said ‘something just bit me and my arm feels numb so if something happens to me let them know’.

“I came off the track and it was then that I saw it was a redback spider that bit me.

“A rash spread from my elbow to my chest and it was pretty scary how quickly it spread.

“It was extremely painful and I’ve had a 24, 48 and 72-hour aftershock from it with sharp pains, headaches, joint pain, chest pain and weeping from the bite but I feel OK now.”

Despite missing out on a number of key drives last week Tritton still remains at the top of the New South Wales Metropolitan Drivers’ Premiership.

Tritton could extend this lead on Saturday night with her handful of drives at Menangle including on Franco Nelson in race five.

“He’s flying at the moment and he’ll go forward again,” Tritton said.

The son of Christian Cullen has earned $107,980 in stakes this season, securing five wins since being trained by Tritton and her husband Shane.

Franco Nelson holds the favouritism at $1.80 ahead of Miracle Mile winner My Field Marshal at $3.30.

Connections will be out for redemption with the entire after his winning streak came to an end at Bathurst last start when locking wheels and taking no competitive part in the race following the incident.

“He took no harm from the run and his work has been strong,” Tritton confirmed.

Meanwhile, My Rona Gold was favourite for the Group 3 Ranji Bill Stakes but was scratched after being sold to the United States.




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