Mark Riley’s untapped young galloper, Gold Rory, will be back in work inside a month after having bone chips removed from both knees.
The three-year-old gelded son of Danehill Express has raced just twice for a stunning three-length win in a Mornington Maiden on September 12 and a tiring sixth of 10 at Moonee Valley a fortnight later when heavily backed.
“I think he’s a very, very good horse and after he won like we thought he would at Mornington, I was staggered the way he went at the Valley,” Riley told racingnetwork this afternoon.
“Then we found out he had chips on both knees which sure explained a few things.
"He’s had then out and needed three months in the paddock, but he’ll be back in work in a month and everything went the way it should getting the chips out,” said.
Riley has just returned from Hong Kong for International week where he caught with trainer Casper Fownes, who has taken over the training of Riley’s former exciting galloper, Stralia.
“He had his first trial there last week and I met Casper and he’s very happy with the horse – he really likes him,” Riley said.
On losing Stralia to Hong Kong for a reported $1.5 million, Riley told racingnetwork he felt Gold Rory had the ability to take his place.
Now we know why he flopped at Moonee Valley.