HRSA - Josh Holberton returns in fine form

IT DIDN’T take Josh Holberton long to return to winning form.

Having his second drive from a four-year absence when contesting the fourth event at Globe Derby on Saturday night, Holberton emerged triumphant with Dancing Finn.

Holberton’s time way from the sulky was the result of a horrific fall in May 2018 which left him with a haemorrhage on the brain and a fractured sternum.
With doctors concerned about the long-term effects from his injuries Holberton is required to undergo a physical every couple of years.

“It’s great being back driving,” Holberton said. “Not long after the accident I claimed I would return to driving, but never thought I would get back.

“But when I started helping my old man the bug grew and I wanted to drive in races again.
“On the night I was knocked unconscious and when I came to I had a seizure, which cost me my car licence for six months and now I have to have a medical every two years to ensure I can drive a car.”

Trained by Holberton’s ‘old man’, Lance, Dancing Finn led throughout from barrier seven to account for Malachite Rock and Secret Operation.

“I drove her a week earlier when she finished a solid third, but I have to admit I felt a bit of ring rust when we were going around,” Holberton said.

“There were still a few nerves on Saturday night, but it helps when you drive nice horses.”

Rating 1:57.5 over 1800 metres, Dancing Finn provided Holberton with the opening leg of a double with the comeback reinsman capturing the Sapling Stake behind Rupert Ross.
Also trained by the ‘old man’, Rupert Ross set the pace on his way to a two-metre win from Hes All Torque, with Waitpinga Heritage two metres away third.

Owned by Laura Webster, the two-year-old rated 1:58.9 over 1800 metres to take his record to three wins from four starts.

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Photo by Walter Bulyga