Trainer Shawn Grimsey was left a shattered man earlier this week.
The Queensland horseman had stable star Wicked Style pull-up lame after some trackwork and subsequent scans have realised his worst fears.
Wicked Style, a multiple feature race winner, strained his offside front tendon after winning his first five starts into his four-year-old campaign forcing the gifted pacer to the spelling paddock.
Connections had their dreams dashed for the season ahead which ultimately included the Gr.1 Chariots Of Fire in Sydney at TABCORP Park, Menangle.
After months of tedious and laborious rehabilitation, Wicked Style was given the go ahead to resume light duties mid-way through August and Grimsey was confident everything was going to plan.
“When you’re dealing with tendons you can never be so sure but every scan read very well and it was a real kid gloves approach which is the most disappointing aspect of the whole matter. I knew we were in trouble when he pulled up sore the other morning.” Grimsey said.
But rather than dwell on the misfortune handed to him, Grimsey is already looking at his options and is optimistic about a successful return.
“The latest scan revealed a new hole at the bottom of the existing point but rather than tip him straight out for a six to twelve month period, I might explore a different plan of attack.
There will be no operation; we underwent stem cell (PRP) treatment last time so we might look at other options after I speak with the vets.
He’s still a young horse that hasn’t been overtaxed with hard racing so we have time on our side. It will now depend on whether he can return to absolute best form or not, it’s really up in the air right now pending further advice.”
Wicked Style is the winner of the Gr.1 RQIS 3YO Final plus the Gr.2 $75,000 Nursery Pace Final at Albion Park while he finished a gallant second to Kiwi raider Best Deal Yet in the Gr.1 $100,000 Queensland Derby after starting from a shocking second-line draw.
The Western Edition gelding is the winner of 18 of his 28 lifetime starts with earnings in excess of $210,000.
by Chris Barsby