Day At The Track

Western Edition gelding ready to go

10:09 PM 15 Aug 2014 NZST
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Wicked Style - Bigger and better than ever
Wicked Style - Bigger and better than ever

Exciting pacer Wicked Style is good to go again.

A recent virus was the latest issue for the Shawn Grimsey trained pacer to overcome and a glowing workout recently has prompted his return to the trials next Tuesday (August 19) at Albion Park.

Wicked Style was set to make his long awaited return to the racetrack during the recent Brisbane winter carnival before the virus forced the cancellation of his return.

The Western Edition gelding has been off the scene since January this year after injuring his offside front tendon.

“Well the plan is to give him a trial on Tuesday before looking at a race return in September.

Everything is in good order, the leg looks great and the virus has cleared his system so it’s full steam ahead.” Grimsey said.

Wicked Style had trialed on three occasions prior to his aborted race return last month including a victory at Albion Park where he scorched around the oval in 1;54.1.

A winner of all five starts this season prior to his setback; Grimsey has patiently taken his time in nursing his star pacer back to the track and eagerly awaits his return but not before the trainer takes a well-earned holiday himself.

“We’re off on a family holiday at the end of next week which has been planned for months so I had to do some juggling but it will all work out well in the end.

I will trial next Tuesday and then monitor him for the following couple of days before we head off.

“He’ll be in very good hands for the week that I’m away and then we will get ready for his race return mid-next month.

A water walker has been very beneficial in his training this campaign and I’m really pleased with how the leg looks right now.

“He does feel very well within himself at the moment and the trial will be good for him next week, he’ll have a good hit-out and that should top him off just nicely.”

With spring features just around the corner including the opening leg of the new Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit season, Grimsey is not prepared to make any predictions about future plans just yet.

“I won’t rush him for a race like that, we’ve been very patient with him so far and I won’t jeopardise all the hard work just for one race.

I’ll let him tell me where he’s at before locking any plans away.

“I know he’s good enough to race at that level but you really need to be seasoned for that type of elite racing and obviously we’re missing that foundation but I’m not ruling out a shot at the type of racing later in the campaign.”

The $200,000 Garrards Queensland Pacing Championship is scheduled for October 25.

Chris Barsby

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