Tonkin reveals huge Ride High boost

22 July 2021 23:14:43 GMTPlus10

Co-trainer Clayton Tonkin has high hopes Ride High will be able to make a successful return to racing following some positive news on the injury front.

Ride High has not raced since October last year after picking up a tendon injury when finishing fifth in the Smoken Up Sprint at Melton.

That was just the second defeat of his career and there have been real concerns over his fitness since then and whether he would race again.

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However Tonkin and fellow co-trainer Emma Stewart received some good news this week after their star pacer underwent a scan on the injury.

"This is by far the most positive we’ve felt about him getting back to the races. The vet said the scan was so good he thought it was from a different horse," Tonkin said.

"We can start to get serious now. He’s done so much work in the water-walker and on the treadmill, but now it’s time to get out on the track and build towards fast work again."

Despite the great news, Tonkin says they would still have to tread carefully and the $300,000 Victoria Cup in October would still come around too soon.

"If all goes well, he might be ready to trial in a couple of months, but there’s not enough time to have him ready for a big race like that," he added.

Even so the fact that Ride High could now have a great chance of returning to action at some point in the future, will give the whole stable a lift.

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