Comeback complete for star horse Cape Kidnappers six months after injury caused fears for career
CAPE Kidnappers will be among the headline acts in Saturday’s George Moore Stakes, just six months after it was feared his career may have been over.
Connections feared the worst after Cape Kidnappers was narrowly beaten in the Healy Stakes in June when Damian Browne dismounted before returning to the mounting yard.
Fortunately, it was only a minor injury and trainer Kelly Schweida is confident the now seven-year-old has returned in good order.
“We originally thought he had cracked his sesamoid again, but X-rays showed it was fine,” Schweida said.
“We gave him two months off before he came back and did four or five weeks on the treadmill.
“Damian Browne has come down to ride him in two jumpouts and everything seems fine.
“It’s always hard to win first up at 1200m and then we have to see what weight he gets, but I’m looking forward to getting him back.”
Meanwhile, connections face an anxious weight on the outcome of emergency surgery done on stakes winning mare Lady Echelon last Saturday night.
Trainer Natalie McCall says there’s “a 60 per cent chance of saving her” after the grey injured her off hind tendon when galloped on in Saturday’s Recognition Stakes.
Vets have told McCall the next two to three weeks are crucial in her recovery.
“It was a three hour operation and she will be in a cast for the next month,” McCall said. “What will make or break it is whether she gets an infection or not.
“They tell me it’s all or nothing with these injuries and it is possible she could race again, but our only focus at the moment is trying to save her.”
Story courtesy Nathan Exelby http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/superracing/comeback-complete-for-star-horse-cape-kidnappers-six-months-after-injury-caused-fears-for-career/story-fnii0mrv-1227140196391