Nicole Molander sends "Del" for a spell

01:58 PM 04 Jun 2014 NZST
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Former New Zealand trotter Keystone Del has done a tremendous job since joining the Nicole Molander stable.

He has won four Gr. 1 events and brought up his second Gr. 2 victory on Saturday night when he won the John Slack Memorial at Ballarat.

Molander has confirmed her stable star will now head to the paddock for a well deserved rest.

"He could have up to four weeks off, it will just depend on how well he does because he does put on weight very quickly and it can be difficult to get it off him when he is in work," Molander said.

"Keystone Del is an unbelievable horse, he is just so tough.

What a lot of people don't know is that he suffered from a really bad abscess that had to be cut out just before the Glenferrie Farm Challenge and it has been a balancing act since to keep him at the races.

In fact the farrier said today he has been only racing on half a foot."

Molander is confident that it is only a matter of time before the hoof is back to normal.

"There was a fair bit of dead toe there and he has had that cut away and the farrier didn't really have anywhere to nail the new shoe to but with the time away it all should heal nicely."

"He has had a few hoof issues since he has arrived at my stable so he actually underwent an MRI scan to see if there is anything more sinister but there isn't anything there that is worrying long term."

Keystone Del's owners live on the North Island of New Zealand and Molander is still yet to discuss with them what his targets will be next campaign.

"I want to sit down with the owners and have a really good chat with them about where to go now.

With the owners coming from New Zealand we have toyed with the idea of taking him back to compete over there but we will just have to wait and see."

"He is amazingly tough, he has amazing ability and he has been so good for me."

By Greg Hayes - SKY Racing

 

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