Comeback continues for star pacer

03:18 PM 25 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Wicked Style
Progress: Latest scans for comeback pacer Wicked Style have pleased trainer Shawn Grimsey.

The long hard slog continues for the connections of richly talented pacer Wicked Style.

The multiple feature race winner strained his offside front tendon after winning his first five starts as a four-year-old which forced him out for the rest of the season.

In fact, the Shawn Grimsey trained gelding hasn’t raced since January 26 last year.

A return to the racetrack in October appeared likely before plans were thwarted after he pulled up lame in track work which forced Grimsey searching for alternative treatments.

Grimsey decided against tipping him out for a lengthy break and elected to give him a short break while undergoing constant treatment for the troublesome tendon and the results are pleasing.

“He was scanned again today (Monday) and the vet was very happy with what he witnessed on his monitor and gave me the go ahead to keep jogging him for another month before being re-scanned again.” Grimsey said.

The Western Edition gelding has been in constant work since January and another month of jog work will continue to trim the fat as connections now ponder a race return later this year.

“Any tendon injury is never the same but I’m hopeful things are starting to turn for the better. As we continue to increase his workload that will prove to be crucial for his future, let’s just hope he stands up for a full preparation.

“Michele (wife) and I continue to do all the tedious and laborious things and its working at this point but we haven’t got to the pressure stage yet, so, we’re not allowing ourselves to get too far ahead of ourselves.

“In a perfect world, I would like to think that we could have him back at trialing stage by mid-May. If we get that far down the track with him, who knows, the Brisbane Winter Carnival could be a sneaky chance but time will ultimately tell.”

During his three-year-old term, Wicked Style captured the Gr.1 $100,000 RQIS Final plus the Gr.2 $75,000 Nursery Pace Final at Albion Park while finishing second to Best Deal Yet in the Gr.1 $100,000 Queensland Derby.

A half-brother by BG’S Folly on account of Burwood Stud will go under the hammer at next month’s Garrards Redcliffe Yearling Sale.

The sale will be staged on Sunday, March 30.

By Chris Barsby (Harness Racing Australia)

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