Grand Circuit warrior Washakie won’t be ready for the opening leg of the new season.
The Gr.1 $200,000at Albion Park kicks off the new season on October 26 for the eight leg series but the defending champion won’t be ready to defend his title.
The millionaire pacer injured his pastern not long after winning the Renshaw Cup at Penrith back in April.
“He’s back doing light duties but there’s no chance he’ll be ready for the Queensland carnival.” Trainer/driversaid.
The Queensland Spring Carnival during the month of October at Albion Park consists of the $30,000 Be Good Johnny Sprint on October 12 followed by the $75,000 Gold Coast Cup the following week while the $200,000 Queensland Pacing Championship completes the carnival.
Washakie dominated the spring features last year winning both the Gold Coast Cup and the Queensland Pacing Championship defeating his stable mate Terrorway on both occasions.
“It’s a shame he won’t be ready for those features again; he’s coming along nicely but he won’t be rushed back, we’re taking our time with him as he goes through plenty of swimming to build up his core fitness.
The race that I’m keen to have him ready for is theon December 7 at Bankstown because he’s owned that race winning the last four editions. It would be pretty amazing if he could come back and win it for a fifth time.
He just thrives racing at that tight track and being an old Bankstown boy myself it would be very special for all involved to win that race again.”
Meanwhile, stablemate and Grand Circuit star in the making Terrorway is also back in work for McCarthy and is rated an outside chance of being ready for the Queensland features.
The giant gelding was placed in all three events last season but like Washakie, McCarthy will bide his time with the proven Group One winner.
“He’s coming along really well but I won’t rush him back; he’s done plenty of swimming and his fitness levels are quite good so we’ll just keep building on that at the moment.
Theis an obvious target for a horse like him while the next year is the long term goal. He’s a very classy horse that should return bigger and better after his break away from the track.”
Terrorway was forced to the spelling paddock after suffering an injury after competing in the Hunter Cup at TABCORP Park, Melton earlier this year.
by Chris Barsby