Conservative update: We need a full diagnosis to be sure
When his work rider Dale Swift rode him in a piece of work last week, he said he was reaching forward with his head, and making what he could only describe as a sort of grunting noise. I’ve never had this before in my time as a trainer. Once we get the full results of the clinical diagnosis, I will report them back to you. In a way, you want them to find something which isn’t serious, as then you know what the problem is and it can be treated. If the results come back all clear, I will be left scratching my head.
All we have been doing with him at home in the meantime is working him at a steady pace to keep up his basic fitness levels. We don’t want to be pushing him hard until we find out what the problem is.
The weather has taken a real turn over the last few days, as I am sure you will have seen with all the racing which has been abandoned, particularly over the jumps. We are used to temperatures dropping below freezing point. Fortunately, the all-weather gallops help during this time of the year. Hopefully, temperatures will start climbing again soon as we don’t want to miss out on too much racing.