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    Group One winner scores first-up for two years Group One winner scores first-up for two years

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    FORMER rising star Shockwave capped off a remarkable comeback at Gloucester Park last night. Having his first start since July 2021, the Group One... Group One winner scores first-up for two years

    FORMER rising star Shockwave capped off a remarkable comeback at Gloucester Park last night.

    Having his first start since July 2021, the Group One winning Australian Pacing Gold purchase rewarded connections for their faith by scoring against free-for-all company.

    Ecstatic with the stallion’s performance, trainer Ryan Bell stated his excitement has been replaced with anxiety this morning as he monitors Shockwave’s progress during the next few days.

    “I am proud as punch,” Bell said. “It is the most satisfying win I have ever had.

    “He is the first horse of this quality I have ever had breakdown and tried to bring back…it’s a huge relief.

    “It’s been a big team effort to get him back and I have to share the credit.

    “Now I have to wait for the next 48 hours to see how he has come through the run before I can really relax and enjoy having him back.”

    Driven by Aiden De Campo, Shockwave travelled in the ‘death seat’ on his way to a three-and-a-half metre win from Hampton Banner, which led from the pole.

    Arma Einstein was a half-neck away third.

    Rating 1:56.1 over 2130 metres, the son of Mach Three took his record to 20 wins and 17 placings from 48 starts for earnings of $532,202.

    “What a win,” Bell said. “He is a complete athlete and I think it was his adrenaline that got him over the line, not his fitness.

    “He hasn’t raced for two years, but hasn’t been off all that time.

    “His original injury was a digital flexor tendon in his offside front, so we gave him 12 months off, stem cell and all modern treatment.

    “I had him going back and going around September, but I wasn’t happy with him.

    “He’s always had bad arthritic knees, so I had them looked at and they found he had a couple of spurs and chips, which needed keyhole surgery to clean him out.

    “After that he’s just been coming along nicely to get to last night.”

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