ALBURY apprentice Jarrod Woodhouse is counting his lucky stars. He has emerged unscathed after falling asleep behind the wheel and crashing into an on-coming truck.
Woodhouse was returning from Wagga races to Albury on Friday when the incident happened on the outskirts of Uranquinty.
The truck swerved to avoid a head-on collision with his car, which slammed into the side of the truck before ending up in a paddock.
Woodhouse miraculously escaped without any serious injury.
He was the only occupant in the car.
“I must have fallen asleep and am pretty lucky to be alive,” Woodhouse said yesterday .
“I’m pretty sure the truck tried to swerve around me.
“I hit the side of it where the fuel tank is.
“The impact spun my car around and I ended up facing the opposite direction.
“The car is a write-off — I have no idea how I could walk away from that unscathed.”
Woodhouse only joined the stables of Brett Cavanough last month and has made a big impression in a short time.
The 18-year-old apprentice enjoyed a winning double at Albury on Melbourne Cup day aboard Russwillcrow and Mr Corone.
He made it consecutive winning doubles two days later at Albury’s Oaks Day meeting with victories on Prince Pedro and Ring ‘N’ Swing.
Woodhouse previously spent time with Newcastle trainer Alan Scorse and a three-month stint with Coffs Harbour trainer Jim Jarvis before joining Cavanough.
“I have been picking up plenty of rides and Brett has been a huge support,” he said.
“But I realise I’ve still got plenty of hard work ahead of me.
“Hopefully it will all pay off in the long run.”
The second-year apprentice can still claim three kilograms.
He has ridden 17 winners so far.
That means he can ride only three more winners before his allowance is reduced to two kilograms in country NSW.