Tuesday, May 30, 2017
With her left arm in a sling, young race-track regular Alexandra Filliponi of Portland looked like she’d been in the wars at Tara Raceway last Sunday.
Alex, 10, is the custodian of the on-track kids’ playground which is officially known as Alexandra’s Playground after the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club took note of her complaints that greyhound racing was boring and the kids on course needed something else to help fill in the day.
But, no, she didn’t fall off one of the swings and break an arm.
Turns out Alex, a grade five student at a Portland primary school, tripped over her shoelaces and broke a wrist.
She’s the granddaughter of Brian and Sally Weis, of Portland, who were at Sandown Park on Sunday with a luckless Big Rough – owned locally by Noel and Heather Perry.
Handling Weis’s three runners at Tara Raceway was his daughter Sam (Alex’s mum).