VICTORY TILLY IN DEEP WATER

08:23 PM 17 Jul 2003 NZST
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Victory Tilly
Victory Tilly - Hard at work in his attempt to return to the track.

The world’s fastest trotter, Victory Tilly, is on his back after bowing a tendon in the Elitlopp in late May.

And the cure, which shall bring the 8-Year-Old Swedish gelding back to the racetrack, is swimming in a little Swedish lake.

The last fortnight, Victory Tilly has been stabled on a little farm owned and run by Per-Gunnar Persson, elder brother to one of Sweden’s most successful trainers of cold-blood trotters, Jen-Olf Persson.

On a regular basis every summer, Per-Gunnar Persson takes his horses to a nearby lake for a swim.

His newest pupil -- Victory Tilly -- has just started swimming and Persson takes him for a ride in the boat twice a day -- four minutes every time.

The goal is that Victory Tilly shall swim two times for eight total minutes every day.

If or when Victory Tilly can return to action is too early to say.

Courtesy Of Karsten Bonsdorf, United States Trotting Association Web Newsroom Correspondent

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