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    Barnes ready for a comeback Barnes ready for a comeback

    MCKAYLER BARNES is looking to regain her title at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday

    ACCOMPLISHED reinswoman McKayler Barnes is ready for a comeback. Involved in a three-horse fall at Menangle on June 30 the Bathurst reinswoman is keener... Barnes ready for a comeback

    ACCOMPLISHED reinswoman McKayler Barnes is ready for a comeback.

    Involved in a three-horse fall at Menangle on June 30 the Bathurst reinswoman is keener than ever to get back into action.

    “I went back to work last Thursday but I am not allowed to drive in races for another three weeks,” said Barnes, who works for Peter Bullock at the Rayngold training establishment just outside of Bathurst.

    Barnes was part of the 2019 HRNSW Rising Star Series and was contesting the last heat of the series at Menangle when rounding the final turn into the home straight when a frightful fall occurred.

    “[Apart from the fall] I had the best time, and I thought it was a great week – a lot of fun until the last day,” said Barnes.

    Driving the Michael Muscat-trained Ferdinand, Barnes felt she was in with a chance of taking out the final heat.

    “He felt good in the run – he was being taken into the race nicely,” said Barnes.

    “I thought he was a place chance – even a possible winner – he was travelling really well until the incident.”

    With Shadow Eclipse (Sean Grayling) choking down there was no escape for Barnes, or Jordan Seary, who was driving Our Jimmie.

    “You could see it coming and Sean was yelling out so we all knew, but it was just a case of “too late,” added Barnes.

    “I have looked at the tape a few times and there was no way I was going to get out of it.

    “It was just a case of ‘wrong place, wrong time’.

    “I just fell and when I was on the ground I thought ‘did that just happen’?

    “When I tried to get up, I realised my foot was broken and I couldn’t get up.”

    It wasn’t exactly the finish Barnes had scripted for her final HRNSW Rising Star Series.

    “I went out with a bang, I suppose,” said Barnes.

    “Sean and Jordan kept up to date with me – it was a race incident – there was nothing that anyone could do about it.

    “Jordan had a sprained wrist as well.”

    With weeks of walking around in a moon boot Barnes is now “free” and making the most of each step she takes.

    “I still walk around with a limp but it’s not too bad,” grinned Barnes.

    A ‘comeback’ in the KARI Indigenous Drivers Series in September is the aim for Barnes, at this stage . . . it’s another series which Barnes has had success in.

    “I said ‘yes’ to the Young heats as I should get my clearance to drive on September 1 so, hopefully, I will be back for that one,” Barnes said.

    “It was lucky for me that the Parkes meeting was washed out.

    “Hopefully now I can catch up on some points.

    “The Indigenous series is really getting bigger now with a lot more drivers.”

    Barnes won the 2017 Indigenous Drivers Series and is keen to drive some more winners and be at the Final to be contested at Menangle on Sunday, October 27.

    “I was a bit worried that I would not be able to do it this year but I will be there for sure now,” said Barnes.

    National Trotguide and Harness Racing Weekly wish Barnes all the best in hopefully what will be a smooth transition back into harness racing.


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