Irish Flame out to give recovering trainer Brett Scott a boost in the Mornington Cup

Trainer Brett Scott’s road to recovery from serious head injuries might become a touch smoother if his charge Irish Flame can win Saturday’s Mornington Cup.

Scott underwent surgery for bleeding on the brain and other injuries sustained when a horse kicked him at his Mornington property earlier this month.

Scott’s wife Kylie said the former star jumps jockey was improving every day but it will take time for him to regain his full memory.

“He’s still pretty fuzzy in the head but he’s starting to retain a few things,” Mrs Scott said.

“He’s making a lot of references back to the New Zealand days and things like that.

“Overall, he’s good but it’s just a matter of joining the dots together.”

The trainer’s sudden absence from his stable has left plenty to do for the operation’s remaining team members.

Brett Scott ais recovering from serious head injuries in a Melbourne hospital. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

But Mrs Scott said family members and the Mornington racing community have amazed her with their support during the difficult period.

“It’s usually only just Brett, myself and our daughter Tylah. My sister dropped everything up in Tatura to come down and she’s been working on the ground,” she said.

“The local people in general have been wonderful. Amy Yargi has been a pillar of strength for me as far as making sure I’m up to date with all the nominations and things like that.

“The Mornington Racing Club are always checking in on me as well so I’ve had a lot of support, which has been fantastic.”

The assistance has enabled Kylie to keep Irish Flame’s autumn campaign on track.

Irish Flame went within a head of giving the Scott family an emotional win at The Valley last Saturday, which was the perfect lead-up for the gelding’s Mornington Cup tilt.

Irish Flame won last year’s Ballarat Cup in a thrilling finish with jockey Michael Walker in the saddle. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Keeping Irish Flame ticking over for Saturday’s $350,000 contest has been the focus of the week at the Scott stable.

“I ride him all the time anyway, even when Brett is here, so I know him pretty well myself,” Kylie said.

“It’s a matter of just maintaining him. When they’re up and fit, that’s pretty much all it is.

“It’s just a matter of not having him too fresh for the mile-and-a-half on Saturday.”

Irish Flame covered plenty of ground when winning the $500,000 Ballarat Cup over 2000m in the spring, which leaves the camp confident the six-year-old can run out the 2400m at Mornington.

And the locally trained runners are always hard to beat at Mornington.

The Mornington Cup offers a ballot exemption to the Caulfield Cup.

But that will take second place to the smiles on the Scott family’s faces if Michael Walker can get Irish Flame home on Saturday.

Originally published asIrish Flame can brighten Scott’s spirits in Cup

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