The blushing bride rides again

1The blushing bride has hardly had time to unpack after her honeymoon before resuming a riding career cut short by a cruel twist of fate.
Apprentice Vicki Schubert, now Vicki Milligan, returns to race riding at Taree today after more than 12 months on the sidelines with two rides for her master and new father in law, Bob Milligan.

It was to have been three rides but Jack The Nipper, which would have been her first ride back, is fourth emergency in the Saxby Diet Flavours Maiden and the stable is resigned to the three year old not getting a run.

However Mrs Milligan does have an excellent chance of celebrating her wedding and her return to race riding on a winning note on Al Be Swift in the Saxby Toffee Apple Class One (1000m).

The horse ran an excellent second, at his second run back from a spell, in similar grade and over the same distance at Taree three weeks ago.

Her other ride is on the first starter, A Double, in the Pepsi Maiden (1000m).

Glenn Milligan, foreman for his father and Vicki Schubert were married three weeks ago at a small, private ceremony then honeymooned for a week at Salamander Bay.

“We actually worked at the stable the next morning before setting off,” Glenn Milligan said.

“Vicki has been so keen to get back to riding we decided on a short, local honeymoon.

“Even though Vicki has been back riding track work since January she had to ride in a trial in front of stewards before she was allowed to ride in races again.

“She did that Grafton last Tuesday.”

It is a little more than 12 months since Schubert, then one of the leading apprentices on the Mid North Coast, was thrown from a horse on her way to the barriers for a trial at Taree.

The horse twisted unexpectedly, she landed awkwardly on her shoulder but later, when surgeons operated, they found far more damage than originally thought.

That required months of rest followed by many more months of rehabilitation and physiotherapy.

“It was frustrating for Vicki because she only stayed back at the last minute to ride in the trial to help out another trainer,” Glenn Milligan said.

“While she was sidelined her weight went out to 61kgs but she has been riding eight and 10 horses a morning and her shoulder has not given her any problems.

“She has got her weight down again so is everything is ready for her to continue where she left off.

“Vicki apprenticeship is due to finish in April but because she has lost 12 months she has the option of extending it.

“That is something Vicki and Dad are going to have to make a decision on soon.”