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Brenton Primmer could be a name to keep in the memory bank after he scored his maiden metropolitan win at Sandown Hillside.

Primmer was originally an apprentice jockey but that dream was shattered after a serious race fall ended his career at Warrnambool at the end of 2006.

So severe was the fall that Primmer sustained brain injuries, neck fractures and was in a coma for two months.

He was on life support at the time and eventually the decision was made to switch off the machine.

Amazingly though he continued to breathe unaided once it was turned off and he was able to begin the slow road to recovery.

It wasn’t a case of simply resting up either, Primmer had to start his life over from scratch, even learning to speak again through special coaching.

Now though he’s a co-trainer with his father Mark with a team of just three horses.

One of those horses is Orientaped which claimed his first ever win as a trainer at Warrnambool at the start of May.

It was the same horse which yesterday claimed its first city win when battling home over 1600m.

Unfortunately Mark Primmer wasn’t there to share the special moment as he was holidaying in Vanuatu however it was a moment savoured by Brenton.

“This is an indescribable feeling,” he said.

Adding further joy to the story is the fact that the rider was apprentice Daniel Malouf and it was also his first ever win at metro level.

He was also the man aboard when Orientaped won earlier in the month and it’s a relationship he’s developed while apprenticing at Caulfield for Jim Mason.

Orientaped was a $10 chance in the race and he handled the heavy track the best of them to run over the top of them late.

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