Central Queensland trainer Kevin Hansen has put his training career on hold to nurse unbeaten filly Sweet Dolly back to full health following a suspensory injury that occurred after her QTIS Jewel victory in March.
The unfashionably bred two-year-old took Queensland by storm earlier in the year, laying claim to being the state’s premier juvenile before the injury setback which Hansen says will keep her out of action for the best part of a year.
With Sweet Dolly the only registered horse on his books currently, Hansen has enjoyed taking a break but is prepared to ramp it up again with a host of young horses preparing to enter his Rockhampton stables.
“After she hurt herself and some of my other good old horses started leaving I have had a couple months off just looking after her,” he said.
“I have some young ones coming in now, five or six ready to come in so we will probably start heating up soon.
“I have been quite happy just poking around, not doing too much.
“Everyone is confident, if you looked at her you wouldn’t even know there is an injury there unless you scan her.”
Kevin Hansen and jockey Justin Stanley after Sweet Dolly won the 2YO Jewel at the Gold Coast. Picture: Trackside Photography.Source:The Courier-Mail
After being bought for just $1500, Sweet Dolly went on an incredible run of four unbeaten starts, culminating in the $500,000 QTIS Jewel.
Hansen now has eyes on next year’s winter carnival with the veteran in no rush to push the gun filly before she is ready.
“She had her first scan on Friday and she scanned up beautiful, about 75 per cent healed so the vets and everyone are happy with her.
“She will probably get back into work around December so I couldn’t see her racing until March sometime.
“I have got her here at the stables, she had to stay locked up in the box for the first three months with some controlled walking.”
Sweet Dolly’s four wins have been Hansen’s last four winners with his last runner going around on April 10 at Rockhampton.
Before her injury, connections were dreaming of winter carnival riches but have been forced to wait with the setback.
“It was devastating, she had done alright and we were looking forward to getting some more out of her,” he said.
“On the suspensory ligament, she put a little hole around the sesamoid area. We sent her down to Gatton and the specialist down there did the plasma treatment on her.
“We expect to get a full recovery with her. If we got her back for the carnival next year I would be really happy.”
Originally published asHansen pauses career to nurse Dolly
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