FOR a horse which is lucky to be alive and racing in the wrong gait, Prosthesis is in pretty good form.
Injuring his leg close to his appointment at the yearling sales, the gelding then did his best to re-injure himself before his second sale booking.
As such, the breeders kept the son of Rocknroll Hanover only to learn he refused to pace.
The youngster was then given a try as a trotter and showed an instant liking for the gait.
“He just about has scars all over him,” trainer Ken Tippet said. “He cut his leg before the sales, then before being ready for the Bathurst Sale, he tried to tunnel under the sliding door of the stable and shredded his leg.
“I’ve seen pictures of the cuts and they look horrendous. Then he wouldn’t go as a pacer before being tried as a trotter.
“He did well enough as a two and three-year-old, but was very timid and unsure, but this time in with a bit of maturity, he has settled down and is putting his mind to it.”
Prosthesis’ coming of age has seen the squaregaiter win his last four starts, including Maryborough yesterday.
With Tippet in the cart, Prosthesis worked to the lead from his second row draw before scoring from Next Thru and Bank On Betty in 2:02.6 over 2190 metres.
“I’m very happy with his run as he was three-wide before finding the lead,” Tippet said. “He got to the line strongly and had a bit up his sleeve.
“The Vicbred is the long range goal with him, but until then, I’ll just keep finding suitable races and see how he goes.”