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Herrmann Plans Move From SA To Vic
Leading South Australian apprentice jockey Amy Herrmann “will look for opportunities in Melbourne when she fully recovers from a horrific broken leg,” reported The Advertiser in Adelaide. Herrmann “is polishing up her resume & producing tapes of her best victories to send to top Victorian trainers”. She told the newspaper: “I spoke to Lee Freedman & he said to send in a resume & he'll have a good look at it. I've also spoken with Peter Moody. I want to be a better rider & you've got to ride against the best to gain that experience. Even if I don't initially get a lot of rides in town (Melbourne), they race 7-days-a-week in Victoria & I'll be happy to go anywhere.” Herrmann, 22, began her apprenticeship with Michael O'Leary at Mount Gambier & has been with David Balfour at Morphettville for the past 4 years. In May she had surgery to insert a plate & pin her right shinbone “which took the full weight of her horse after it reared & rolled over during track-work at Morphettville. Herrmann confirmed she is “optimistic about getting a clearance to ride again next week”, but will now have to wait another 3 months to be back at the track, noting: “That will make it 9 months in total, but the doctors said I would be out for 12 months when it first happened. I've had skin grafts & the injury has still got scar tissue that has to get stronger. The bone came out of the skin & popped out of the side of my leg, so it wasn't pretty. The plate is still a little annoying & my specialist said they could take it out after 18 months. It depends on how it keeps feeling after its fully healed.” Herrmann (who still has 8 months of her apprenticeship remaining) has been dux of the SA Apprentice Academy in the past 2 years.