An attendant at the Kembla Grange races was rushed to Wollongong Hospital after being temporarily impaled on the course tractor on Saturday afternoon.
The man received a puncture wound from a spike to his left leg when course attendants attempted to move the barriers after the start of the 2000-metre race. He was in a stable condition last night.
The on-course ambulance tended to the man before another arrived soon after.
‘‘He was in a fair bit of pain and he was really concerned about his leg, but the paramedics assured him he wouldn’t lose it," Illawarra Turf Club racing manager Michael Craig said.
‘‘He seemed to have got caught up in the structure after the start and there was a bit of confusion, but fortunately it avoided any major artery."