September 10, 2018 Paul Courts
FOLLOWING a feeling in his “gut” John Meade elected to have his stable star Sparkling Success vetted, with the result just as he feared.
Pulling up slightly proppy following his win at Tabcorp Park Melton during the weekend, Sparkling Success has been found to be suffering a leg injury.
Scans revealed Sparkling Success has a hole in his nearside front suspensory, which will keep the son of Great Success on the sidelines for more than a year.
“He had a little bump so I got the vet to have a look, but he felt good and wasn’t flinching,” Meade explained. “But the vet got the leg scanned and it turns out he has a hole in nearside front suspensory.
“He is not lame, but I could tell something was up with him, it was churning in my gut, so I got him checked out and the bad news was as I feared.
“The vet said if I can get back to racing it will be after he has about 15 months off, that said it, could still be worse so we’ll see what happens.”
Sparkling Success was due to leave Australia later this week in preparation for the famed Yonkers International Trot.
The squaregaiter was poised to become the first ‘Down Under’ representative to contest the $US1million feature.
The International Trot is scheduled to be conducted on October 13, with a mouth watering $US500,000 to the winner.
“The vet said there is a chance I could push on with him and he could get through, but he could also break down big time, so it’s not fair for the people who invited me or the horse for us to go,” Meade said.
“I’ve been very happy with the way he is racing and now we are just devastated.
“I plan on still going to America to be there on race day and watch the race.
“He’s only had 38 starts, and I’m very confident his joints are good and he can come back, but a lot of water has to go under the bridge first.”