Another setback in Sydney as Lincoln Sky injured, needing surgery to remove bone chip
In a second stroke of unbelievably bad luck for Lincoln Farms and trainer John Sargent, Lincoln Sky is now on the injured list.
Sargent noticed Lincoln Sky was a “shade noddy” in his off foreleg when trotted up the morning after his Sydney debut at Randwick last week.
And with swelling in the knee he immediately ordered X-rays at the Randwick Equine Centre which have revealed a bone chip.
In vet Richard Humberstone’s report, which describes “degeneration and fragmentation of the dorsomedial proximal aspect of the third carpal bone of the right knee” it is recommended that only with arthroscopic surgery could further racing be attempted.
And that’s exactly what owners John and Lynne Street have elected to do, having to make the disappointing call today while on holiday in Fiji.
Under general anaesthesia, bone fragments and associated unhealthy bone and cartilage will be removed after which the horse will have to be rested for five to six months.
Humberstone rates as “fair” Lincoln Sky’s prognosis for future racing soundness and advises careful management will be needed when he resumes training with swimming, spaced gallops and medication.
Sargent was gutted at having to relay news of the injury after the other horse sent to him in June, Lincoln’s Command, also went sore with a historical stifle problem.
“It’s unbelievably bad luck but, on what he’s shown, I think the horse is good enough to go ahead with the operation.
“I was quite happy with his run the other day. Even though he ran last, it was a strong city field and I was looking forward to getting him up over more ground.”
Lincoln Sky has raced just eight times for a win and two placings but showed his potential in February when sixth in a very strong Waikato Guineas field, just a nose behind stablemate Lincoln Falls.
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Thursday at Wanganui
Race 7: Father Lenihan
“He strikes a strong field for a mid-week race but I have seen good improvement in his work in recent weeks. Robbie Hannam has been galloping him and has been very happy with his work. He will strike a better track (slow 8 today) and there is no rain forecast so it should improve further. I expect a much better run from him.”
Friday at Taupo
Race 5: Platinum Road
“He has come up with the outside draw of 13 but we really have to start him on a better track to get a line on where we are with him. We will ride him where he lands but he is obviously going to need luck in the running. His work has been good but his coat is still not quite there so he will improve with this run.”
Race 6: Princess Amelie
“She’s drawn very wide and if the ballots get a start it will take her out of play being out there as she has to go forward, she’s no good going back. There’s a race at Waverley in a couple of weeks that we might run in instead.”
Saturday at Hastings
Race 9: Lincoln Hills
“He has drawn a touch wide in 11 in a very good field. We are going to have to go back from that draw and ride him for luck. His work has been good but I do have a reservation about him on a good 3 track as I think he is better with the fire just out of the ground. It looks like there’s reasonable pace in the race, which may help our cause, and hopefully he can get a nice run through them.”