Highly talented pacer Didjamakem Bolt, who has been ultra impressive in winning all five of his starts this season, has been sidelined with injury and will now spell for three months.
“He was sore after his win on Cup Day,” said his co-trainer Mark Purdon. “Merv (Butterworth) opted to send him to Ballarat to be vetted and he was diagnosed with bone bruising in a hind hock. We have been advised to spell him for three months,” he added.
“He will spell in Australia and do some pre-training over there before returning to us,” said Purdon. “He really is a very good horse so hopefully he will make a full recovery.”
One of Purdon’s other stable stars in Border Control is nearing his resumption.
“He has been trialling up super, but his bloods were out the other day, so we will wait another week before lining him up,” said Purdon.
“The Pelorus Classic is his first main aim, and if he wins that he will gain automatic entry into the Chariots Of Fire.
Purdon is also pleased to confirm that comeback pacer Smolda is still on track, but unfortunately the news with Hands Chistian is not quite so good.
"He has a small tear in the tendon and will be out for another three months."
Meanwhile, Purdon will have a large team racing over the Christmas – New Year period, and has opted for Whisper Jet as one that Harnesslink readers can follow. She resumes in the third race at Alexandra Park on Friday.
By Mitchell Robertson