The long road back begins today (Tuesday).
Richly talented pacer Wicked Style will re-enter stable life again for his trainer Shawn Grimsey after spending the past twelve months in complete wilderness.
The four-year-old season for the Western Edition gelding was over before it actually got started.
After winning all five starts last campaign, Wicked Style had his season ended with a tendon strain to his offside front leg leaving Grimsey with no option but to spell his star recruit immediately.
Basically his entire season was dashed and all potential big race targets along the east coast had him as an observer rather than a player.
But, Mother Nature has played its part and hopefully a full recovery can be made.
“It’s nice to have him back; it’s been terribly frustrating over the past twelve months for Michelle (wife) and myself but we’re optimistic about his future, he’s still a young horse who hasn’t been overly taxed during his career to date.” Grimsey said.
Wicked Style underwent PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatment during his time on the sidelines but went lame after returning to work.
Grimsey was again forced to send his star pacer back to the paddock and let time heal his wounded warrior.
“It wasn’t a resounding success the first lot of treatment but you have to try these methods to give them the best opportunity of making a full recovery. He only completed about six to eight weeks work before he went lame again.
“After more time in the paddock, the leg has straightened up quite nicely and the tendon has become quite hard again. I haven’t re-scanned the leg recently but I think it’s looking pretty good.
“I’m fairly confident he can stand up to a full preparation this time in, there is plenty of water to flow under the bridge but I’m confident he will make a return later this year.”
While Grimsey has resisted the temptation of making future plans, he has circled a start point for the multiple feature race winner with a little trepidation.
“The Charity Cup Series in May at Albion Park is a realistic goal, we’ve had some luck on that race night in the past and I’m hoping we can strike again.”
Wicked Style won the Gr.2 $75,000 Nursery Pace Final during his stunning three-year-old campaign.
By Chris Barsby (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)