Professor Snitch’s thrilling victory in the $42,875 Group 3 Warragul St Leger (460m) last Friday night provided a timely fillip for local trainer Steve White, after he was released from hospital earlier the same day.
White, who also trained Professor Snitch’s three-time G1-winning sire Sennachie, was hospitalised on Thursday to receive urgent treatment for a Baker’s cyst in his knee that had burst, causing a severe infection.
White picked himself up off the canvas to make it to the track to see Professor Snitch do likewise as she prevailed in a pulsating duel with odds-on favourite Alpha Zulu in the $28,000 to-the-winner St Leger.
“I’m a lot better than I was!” an upbeat White quipped on Monday morning.
“It’s very rare for a cyst to burst under the skin and I just went downhill after that happened.