Baldwin hopes to avoid ankle surgery

Trainer Barry Baldwin has been preparing The Candy Man for the Brisbane Handicap while on crutches after breaking an ankle.

Eagle Farm trainer Barry Baldwin hopes to avoid surgery on a broken right ankle he injured at a recent trials day.

Baldwin was leading a horse at the Doomben trials two weeks ago when he went over on the ankle.

"I gave it a knock but didn't think much of But it got sorer so I went to the doctor on Tuesday," he said.

"She said she wished I had come a week earlier because it appears broken."

"I have to go back Thursday and she will decide if it needs an operation. I hope not as it is the same leg I had a knee reconstruction on this year."

Baldwin has been on crutches supervising his galloper The Candy Man 's preparation for Saturday's Listed Brisbane Handicap.

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