12 February 2012 - Goornong trainer/driver Peter Salathiel is in the Intensive Care Unit at the Bendigo Hospital after being injured in a three horse fall at Bendigo's Lord's Raceway today.
Salathiel was driving Riverboat King filly Cherwood which was the first of three horses to fall, 800 metres from the finish of the 1650 metre 2yo Pace trial. Nigel Milne, driving Live or Die filly Dieing Secret and Bruce Morgan driving Village Jasper colt Supreme Village also came to grief in the fall. Salathiel and Milne were both injured and treated on the track by paramedics before being taken to hospital. Morgan escaped injury. Salathiel's wife Beatrice said that the 53 year old reinsman would spend the night under observation in ICU after suffering a collapsed lung and three broken ribs in the fall. "He also has plenty of soft tissue injuries and he is pretty sore at the moment," Mrs Salathiel said. "His lung was punctured and they (the doctors) want to keep him under observation in intensive care." Milne suffered a broken elbow and after treatment was not detained in hospital. The three 2yo pacers escaped serious injury. - David Aldred