RIU Update - A G's White Socks and Thefixer
Stewards have today spoken with co-trainer Greg Hope regarding A G’s White Socks following its late scratching in the preliminary of the Methven Cup on Sunday the 14th of October. Mr Hope reported the horse to have appeared lame in it’s right hind leg when warming up and so was withdrawn. The gelding was further examined later that day and found to be suffering from some swelling to the sacroiliac joint which was found to be the cause of the lameness. Mr Hope reported that treatment was initiated and he has been pleased with the horses response and its subsequent track work.
He felt the horse was, as of today, very close to full health and with the time available before the Ashburton Flying Stakes on Monday was confident the horse will be fully recovered. AG’s White Socks remains stood down pending a Veterinary clearance.
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Stewards have today spoken with co-trainer Mark Purdon regarding New Zealand cup nominee Thefixer.
Mr Purdon explained that following on from what he considered to be a slightly disappointing run in the Avon City Ford Cup the gelding was found to have some heat emanating from a front foot. The horse was diagnosed with an abscess and was not able to be track worked. Because of this Thefixer was transferred to a training facility that accommodated a water walker where the horse was able to be exercised without causing any further damage to the injury.
Mr Purdon drove the gelding in track work this morning was pleased with the horses recovery and the response the horse has had to treatment. He said the horse was fully sound and would be looking to trial the horse next week. He further advised that pending the anticipated improvement between now and the 2nd of November the horse would likely resume at NZMTC on that date. Thefixer remains stood down pending a Veterinary clearance.