Andreas Wohler recovering in hospital after heart attack

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Andreas Wohler: Melbourne Cup and King George winner suffered a heart attack. Photo: Racing And Sports

By Jon Lees

Germany: Top trainer Andreas Wohler is recovering in hospital after suffering a heart attack.

Wohler, who has won the Melbourne Cup and Ascot’s King George, underwent emergency treatment after trying various remedies for stomach pain, according to a post on his website.

“Last Friday he complained of severe stomach pain, but after neither the appropriate medication nor the hot water bottle or fennel tea brought any relief, he somewhat reluctantly agreed to go to an emergency practice,” the post read.

“The doctor on site then interpreted the symptoms correctly, thank God, and said, ‘Mr. Wöhler, you have just had a heart attack’. 

“That was a piece of news that you didn’t expect on this Friday evening, and it was quite a shock at first. The trainer is still in the hospital but according to the circumstances he is doing well.”

Wohler was well enough to watch his horses win two races over the weekend from his hospital bed on his cell phone which “definitely contributed to making him feel much better”.

The 59-year-old is one of Germany’s most successful trainers who won the King George in 2013 with Novellist and the following year saddled Protectionist to deliver Germany’s first winner of the Melbourne Cup.

He has trained 26 winners this season at home including Palmas who captured the G1 German Oaks.

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