Thetrained 4yo returned to stable life yesterday (Monday) after spending the better part of winter going through his rehabilitation after a tendon strain.
Grimsey was left gutted after discovering a tendon issue to his offside front which derailed all plans which included the Chariots Of Fire at TABCORP Park, Menangle plus the recent Brisbane Winter Carnival at Albion Park last month.
“It’s great to have him back and he looks great, he’s a big fatty but we’re in no rush to get him ready for any specific race so we’ll let him build up nice and slowly.” Grimsey said.
Thegelding went unbeaten in five starts before his untimely setback which left Grimsey pondering his future.
Wicked Style enjoyed a super season last term which netted him the Gr.2 $75,000 Nursery Pace and the $100,000 RQIS Finals at Albion Park plus a sensational second in the Gr.1 $100,000 Queensland Derby behind Kiwi pacer Best Deal Yet after starting from an awkward second-line draw.
“It’s fair to say I was really looking forward to this season with him and we had big plans but it wasn’t meant to be. His form prior to the mishap was super and he was thriving on his racing, he came back bigger and stronger.
The tendon looks good and the scans have it around 90% straight so that enabled us to put him back into light work. He will be rescanned before he starts fastwork just to make sure everything is spot on.
He ended up having a couple of extra weeks off in the paddock because when he was due back in, he ended up with a low-grade virus so we gave him extra time off. I’m just hoping we can have a trouble free campaign with him.”
Grimsey won’t be drawn into any grand plans at this early stage of his campaign.
“After what happened with his tendon, I won’t make any predictions or plans with him so I can’t really tell you what we will chase with him once he’s ready to go again.
He will tell us when he’s ready to go and then we can look at what races are available at the time, I’m sure we can find something.”
Meanwhile, Grimsey has his promising filly Designer Style back in work after a brief let-up.
The younger half-sister to Wicked Style made a clean sweep of the $60,000 Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series Final before failing in a heat of Breeders Classic at the Gold Coast back in June.
“That filly did a super job off a very limited campaign so the break was a must, she’s been back in work for about a month now but we’re not doing anything serious with her.
She didn’t really grow too much but she has thickened up, she’s just jogging along with a few of my babies that are in work. We’ll be aiming for the QBRED features next year.”
Designer Style is a filly by, who stands at on the Darling Downs.