‘King Of The Coast’ chases 10th premiership after horrific falls
Seven years ago, jockey Daniel Griffin was in a hospital bed and clinging to life, after a near-death three-horse fall during a race at the Gold Coast Turf Club.
The King of the Coast made a comeback two years later, but then broke his neck when he was sent into a barrier at the Gold Coast in May 2018.
Despite his horror run of injuries, the 38-year-old has victoriously returned back to racing, winning last year's Gold Coast Premiership.
With nine premierships now under his belt, Griffin is chasing his career dream of a tenth at the Attwood Marshall Lawyers Raceday on October 19.
“I am very competitive and passionate about racing," Griffin said.
“Two years before I won my first Premiership I decided I was going to make my name that I would be the best rider on the Gold Coast.
”I would feel complete if I win the tenth Premiership because it’s what I set out to achieve from the start of my career."
Griffin attributed his medical and professional recovery to the support of the National Jockeys Trust – supported by the Attwood Marshall Lawyers Raceday.
“When WorkCover dried up, National Jockeys Trust helped me with bills, my mortgage, and medical expenses – I couldn’t have done it without their support,” Griffin said.
Australia’s first licensed female Jockey – Pam O’Neill OAM – is the Qld Ambassador of the National Jockeys Trust, Secretary and Treasurer of the Qld Jockeys Association, and Director of the Australian Jockeys Association.
O'Neill facilitates the process for Qld jockeys to receive National Jockeys Trust grants.
Identifying with Griffin’s determination, she said he was an inspiration to the sport.
“When jockeys have falls like that, it could be an ending of their career, and then you psych yourself up to ride.
“The National Jockeys Trust is here to support jockeys like Daniel in their time of need and also their families.
"The National Jockeys Trust has helped to pay for many funerals and always step in to help to take the pressure away from the families in their hour of need.
“Sadly, 890 Australian jockeys have been killed in race falls since 1847, including two tragic fatalities on the race track this year".
Legal Practice Director Jeffrey Garrett said a commemorative navy ribbon for racegoers, sponsored by Attwood Marshall Lawyers, will raise funds for the National Jockeys Trust.
“Daniel’s story is one of courage and inspiration," Mr Garrett said.
“Jockeys like him are at the heart of the racing industry – which our firm has supported for many years.
“It is a privilege to be able to give back to jockeys at the Attwood Marshall Lawyers Raceday.”
National Jockey’s Trust CEO Paul Innes OAM, said donations are distributed directly to registered jockeys, who can apply for a financial grant in their time of need.
“Any jockey who has suffered a fall on the racetrack or in training can apply for a financial grant from the Trust to go directly to purchases such as wheelchairs and home aids," Mr Innes said.
“The demand in the trust is surging, with 5 Qld jockey applicants since January, so we are grateful to have the support of the Attwood Marshall Lawyers Caulfield Cup to help.”
Attwood Marshall Lawyers is Gold Coast largest and longest serving firm, with a legal arm dedicated to Thoroughbred Racing Law.
Gold Coast Turf Club chief executive, Steve Lines, said Attwood Marshall Lawyers sponsorship of the Cup has been secured to 2021.
“Attwood Marshall Lawyers have had a long affiliation with the Gold Coast Turf Club, the Silk Stocking and previously the Hollandale Cup, so it is great to have the firm on board to 2021 for the Caulfield Cup.
“Punters at the Attwood Marshall Lawyers Caulfield Cup can expect an extraordinary day of racing, beautiful Spring weather, our improved grounds, all while supporting a great cause.”
The Attwood Marshall Lawyers Raceday is a key meet on the Spring Racing calendar – the same day as the Caulfield Cup in Melbourne – and will be attended by Pam O’Neil and Paul Innes OAM to raise awareness for the National Jockeys Trust.
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The National Jockeys Trust would like to thank Attwood Marshall Lawyers for their generous support.