With much disappointment connections have advised Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) that Champion Swedish Trotterhas suffered a reoccurrence of a previous tendon injury and will now no longer play a part in the 2014 Great Southern Star.
Australian trainerreported this week that the magnificent entire son of had progressed well under his care with a slow and meticulous build up toward an assault on the Australian Group 1 features.
Lang explained thatwas almost set for a trial debut on Aussie soil when this week the Swedish 3YO and 4YO Breeders Crown and European Union 5YO Champion succumbed to a tendon injury.
Such is the value of the Stallion that the injury was immediately treated and any further plans of racing have been set aside ahead of the horse returning to his native Sweden to continue his stud career.
Boko Farms Principal and owner ofJohn Bootsman stated "I am very disappointed but very happy with the professional way the stable handled this all with . I am now even more determined and confident to continue my cooperation with the Lang/McPherson team. We will give it another try Down Under next year, this time maybe with a mare...We will be back".
The trip down under forhas certainly been a beneficial venture for the Australian breeding industry.
Despite being unable to make it to the track to show trotting fans what a superstar he is, the handsome stallion has combined his training program with stud duties and will ensure that his mark is left on the Australian breeding herd.
In thanking John Bootsman for taking the bold step of sending such a wonderful horse to Australia, HRV Chief Operating Officer Brant Dunshea outlined "John has shown great faith in Aldebaran Park Principal Duncan McPherson and trainerto entrust them with a horse which I know he values so much... was a champion on the track and off the track we hope that his legacy lives on through champion progeny in Australasia".
No doubt before returning home there is still an opportunity for breeders to patronise one of the greatest trotters ever imported to Australasia.
Harness Racing Victoria