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Wrogemann ‘Critical But Stable’

Induced coma

Saturday’s Gr1 Daily News 2000 winning jockey Gunter Wrogemann is in a critical but stable condition at the ICU Trauma Unit at Milpark Hospital after a fall at Turffontein on Sunday.

Family friend and Ashhburton racehorse trainer Louis Goosen confirmed to the Sporting Post on Monday morning, on behalf of the injured rider’s wife Sam, that Gunter broke his jaw and other bones in his face in his fall from Ancient Code in the Turffontein fourth race..

His arm is swollen and doctors are concerned about blood flow to his hand.

He is struggling to breathe because of the swelling and had to be intubated. A tracheotomy was another option.

Reports are that Gunter has a ventilator breathing for him and they have put him into an induced coma.

Only once the swelling subsides can they perform surgery on his face, and will keep monitoring his arm and the blood flow.

Wrogemann was travelling five lengths back on the rail on the Robbie Sage-trained Ancient Code, when the Horse Chestnut filly appeared to falter and go wrong.

The filly sustained a fatal fracture of her left front fetlock and was humanely euthanased.

Just last week, Wrogemann passed the 100 winner milestone in his best season to date.

“All we can do is pray,” said Goosen.

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30 comments on “Wrogemann ‘Critical But Stable’

  1. Chris Swart says:

    My prayers and thoughts with all the family and all our other champions recovering.

  2. Ian Jayes says:

    It is very sad, he was having the best season of his career. We wish him a speedy recovery. I know I sound like a broken record, but they are all riding far too short.

  3. sharon kruyer says:

    Wishing Gunter all the best and a very speedy and complete recovery. Paddy and Sharon Kruyer

  4. Roderick Mattheyse says:

    All the best Gunther

  5. Gavin Ross says:

    Best wishes Gunter and Sam

  6. Liza says:

    This is so bad. Too many top jockeys injured. Hope he recovers 🙁 I hope the filly is okay as well.

  7. AvrilL says:

    I repeat the sentiments of Chris Swart and wish Gunther and all our other injured champions, a speedy and complete recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. It’s just so scary how many of our top riders have been seriously injured these past months.

  8. Mike du Toit says:

    All the very best Gunther. May His Blessing and protection be upon you..

  9. Duncan says:

    All the best Gunter. Wishing you a complete and speedy recovery. The May family

  10. gavin says:

    very very sad news .. my prayers are with him and his family

  11. Bob Kistnasamy says:

    My prayer is that Gunther recovers and peace be to his family. He really was at the top of his game prior to the fall. One of the most accomplished and trying riders.

    Liza, regretfully, the poor filly had to be put down, as a consequence of her injury.

  12. Alex says:

    Hope you have a speedy recovery we Need you back booting home the winners God Bless to you and your family

  13. Leonie says:

    Gunter never fell from riding short. His horse stumbled. He stood no chance of staying on. So it’s not always from riding to short .. my heart is sore. And i know he will be ok. Just time to heal. It’s just so unfair he is almost like the come back kid who was just thriving .. never give up ! He’s proof of that. And he is a fighter he will get through this ????

  14. Lee & Suzie Collett says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family . Wishing you a complete recovery. Regards Lee and Suzie Collett (Winter Watch).

  15. Ian Jayes says:

    When they ride so short, if the horse stumbles they will fall off. Being a jockey has always been a dangerous occupation, why make it more so by having no contact other than with the horse’s mouth? I have old photographs of races with 36 and 42 runners. What would have happened if those jockeys rode like they do today?

  16. Ernest says:

    Oh Ian! Can we please concentrate our thoughts on the well being of Gunter, and what he and his family are going through right now. These top jocks have between 150 years expieriance between them, they dont need you to tell them how to ride,

    To Gunter and all his family, our thoughts are with you during this time,My family wish you a complete recovery.

  17. Strength and Blessings to Gunter Wrogeman and his family ????

  18. Leonie says:

    Gunter never fell from riding to short. He stood no chance with the filly breaking a leg. Riding short or not. Many accidents are related to other circumstances. Thank the lord he is alive and stable. That’s all that matters. Wishing him a full recovery and thoughts are with his wife sam and kids. It’s the scariest situation to see your husband fall. Get well soon gunter we all proud of your achievements and more is waiting out there for you b????

  19. Leonie says:

    Ian the horse broke a leg ???? Did not stumble ! Don’t care how short /long they ride your horse breaks a leg you down ! Simple. So I don’t know how you can say because of they ride longer they won’t fall if a horse breaks a leg /stumbles. You automatically thrown off. You make no sense at all and obviously never been on a horse ! Most important now is for gunter to heal ..

  20. Neil says:

    Come on Gunter you have proved how you can overcome obstacles, we are all praying for a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you do what you love most, riding winners.

  21. Preston says:

    Congrats Gunter on winning the Daily News and I wish you a speedy recovery. May god be with you and your family in this difficult time. One of Gunters greatest quality is , his ability to communicate with the little insignificant punters.

  22. andrew jackson says:

    hi gunter
    get well soon

  23. Rian says:

    Hell man , so sad to see these men broken for the game they love, hope you and family all the best and lots of prayers and love

  24. Mario says:

    Get well soon Gunter

  25. Frikkie says:

    Hi Gunter, i really hope that u recover soon and I pray for your health.

  26. Wendy says:

    Gunter here’s to a speedy recovery and to Sam stay strong and my prayers are with you both.
    Much love Wendy Mc KZN……..

  27. dave mollett says:

    Oh how racing can bring you down to earth. After arguably one of my best Derbies with Yorkshire-trained, Dee Ex Bee, finishing an excellent second, I read on this website of Gunter’s terrible fall.
    All those who love to chat with Gunter after races in Kelvin’s bar at the Vaal will be so worried as we simply love his joviality and enthusiasm for the game.
    It sounds as if he’s in good hands doctorwise so his many friends can only pray for a speedy recovery.
    Dave Mollett
    Yorkshire, UK

  28. JohnnyG says:

    What I want to know was the horse passed fit to race after 300 day layoff. Any why Gunter was riding since Muzi is the 1st jockey for the stable. I hope the NHA vets have a look at the horses records and see if actually the poor animal was passed fit to race.

  29. Pearl Samuels says:

    My thoughts and prayers are wit u and yur family. Speedy recovery Champ.

  30. vijay says:

    hope for a speedy recovery

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