Sunday, April 14, 2024

Three making comeback

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THE COMEBACK STORIES of three promising horses provide an interesting sidebar to the headliner of the Happy Mother’s Day Race Day at the Garrison Savannah today.  
Race 7, the A Mother Knows Best Handicap over 1 100 metres, is for three-year-old and older horses rated 67-105, and is a very wide open affair.
SATURDAY SUN SPORT spoke to the trainers of Nomoreginrog, Conquest and Dance The Distance about the rehabilitation of these horses.
Nomoreginrog was not injured, but has shown erratic behaviour at the starting gates – a problem that has baffled trainer Roger Parravicino.
For his rehabilitation, the horse has been under the guidance of British-based Steve Dibble who has worked with top trainer Henry Cecil and one of this game’s greatest horses ever, the unbeaten and now retired Frankel.
“We put on the blindfold and the security blanket and he has been going in the gates good at exercise. Hopefully, with the stewards’ permission, we will use them on Saturday [today] and going forward I’m looking to good behaviour. As for this race, it’s a fairly hard one for him.”
Tendon injury
Conquest, now owned by Hopefield Stable and trained by Liz Deane, has been off for over two years with a very bad tendon injury.
“He has not been under a saddle for over a year,” Deane said. “Once the injury is that bad then you have to give them the time.”  
“The only reason we are trying with him is because he is a talented horse. The leg is now perfect and he has been given a very long and slow preparation over the last year.
“Never once has he broken down, but he will need the race to get him back into shape. For the future, we are looking at the longer (Breeders) Classic and the Tanglewood (Stakes & Trophy), to name a few, once he stays fit.”
Dance The Distance trainer Naz Issa said they decided not to race the gelding after the death of owner Richard Stoute. His coat also deteriorated and he was put in the paddock for almost five months.
“He was then sent down to the track where I must say he has been adapting very nicely compared to before and has been going very well. I’m extremely pleased with him so far. He did three furlongs in 38 seconds last Saturday morning on the bridle,” Issa said.
“It will be good to see the colours of Major Ronald Stoute represented once again on the track. He is a sound horse with no problems and once he stays that way we will be looking for good things from him.”
My Picks
Race 1: Uncle Jerry
Race 2: Royal Spirit
Race 3: Majestical
Race 4: Stratford’s Lad
Race 5: Zouk’s Girl
Race 6: Slip Stream
Race 7: Dipitinmoney

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