14 Jun 2013
Karyn and I have been overwhelmed by the lovely, supportive emails and texts that we have received over the past nine days. It has been so comforting for us both to feel the care and read the hundreds of messages of support we have had.
So to you all a huge thank you – today I left the Intensive Care Unit at Pindara Private Hospital and am making steady progress having fought my pneumonia. There is a good chance I may be able to leave hospital on Tuesday and Karyn and I will then spend a week at the Aria Apartments (my favourite) at Broadbeach and relax before getting ready to fly home.
The hospital that I have been in – the doctors and staff – are simply world-class. I have such a great appreciation of nurses who spend their lives caring for people – they are so dedicated and passionate about what they do. In particular – to Collette, Ange, Mark, Jo and Chris the Kiwi, Paul the physio and the incomparable Dr James Renton – a huge thank you! You are incredible people with skill, talent, compassion and care and you make such a difference to so many lives – thank you for helping us through this.
This weekend in New Zealand we will have our first jumper for the season lining up – Goosebumps, who is on his way to the Grand National Hurdles, will have his first raceday outing for the season when he contests the Awapuni Hurdles. Thrive has to be a big chance at Ellerslie also on Saturday.
We have a really exciting young team of horses this year in both New Zealand and Singapore. I just can’t wait to get home to continue planning the New Zealand programme – speaking to Jason today, he and Stacey and their childen Nola and Lane are having a fantastic holiday. It is important in racing to take the time out to have a “freshen up” and feel re-invigorated for the new season – Mark Walker always did this – Queenstown was his favourite spot to holiday in.