On the verge of an Aussie campaign culminating in a tilt at the Cox Plate, talented stayer and Group one horse What’s the Story suffered an unlucky tendon injury when resuming over 1400 metres at Ruakaka.
Tendon injuries can be tricky however treatment for these has become quite advanced and recovery percentages are generally on the increase. Go Racing has taken the breakthrough approach of stem cell treatment which has proved successful for horses both in New Zealand and overseas.
Stem cell treatment involves taking stem cells from the horse’s bone marrow, cultivating them and then injecting them into the tendon to increase chances of a successful recovery. The cultivation takes three weeks and he will be given two injections, each one month apart. He will be boxed during this period and then for another month after the second injection before starting on the walking machine and slowly having regular exercise re-introduced.
He is in the best possible hands of Alison Henry rehabilitating at boutique thoroughbred agistment property Maara Grange. On arrival last week he had a massage, some herbs to help with the healing process and we can be assured that he is getting the absolute best care and treatment available.
Says Albert, “The full recovery will take about 12 months and he would resume training around August or September of next year. Horses like him don’t come along very often and we certainly think it is worth giving him the time. As a three-year-old he was a touch unlucky beaten by a nose in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby and we believe he was good enough to take on the Australians in their Derby. As a stayer, he will only mature with this enforced lay off, which is a positive.”
His mischievous nature is being missed around the McKee stable and we all look forward to seeing him make a successful recovery.