The career of reigning Newcastle harness racing horse of the year Takara Truffle is on hold after the four-year-old mare broke a bone in her leg.
Singleton trainer Aaron Goadsby said Takara Truffle was hurt when she kicked a jogger frame in training.
However, she continued to work with no signs of injury until swelling two weeks later prompted Goadsby to send her for scans.
The American Ideal mare, a winner of 12 races in 24 starts and $91,000 in stakes, was found to have a full fracture of the splint bone in her off-hind leg. She did not require surgery and Goadsby said the veterinarian was confident of a full recovery “but scans in six weeks will make it a lot clearer”.
“She was ready to go and was in the noms this week and now with the broken bone, we’ll X-ray it again in six weeks and see where we’re at from there,” Goadsby said. “It might be another six weeks and X-ray it again and see where we’re at, but basically all the races are off.”
Goadsby had planned to bring the two-time group 3 winner back to racing at Maitland on Inter City Pace Final night last Saturday ahead campaigns in Tamworth and Menangle.
Takara Truffle won the group 3 Go Girlfriend Series Final and Baby Bling Stakes in July-August at Menangle, prompting thoughts of a shot at the group 1 Ladyship Mile at the same track on February 24. Her last start was the Baby Bling Stakes on August 19 when she ran 1.52.8.
Goadsby was hopeful of having her back at the races again but said she would be out for at least six months.
“It will take her that to work back up again,” he said.
Another exciting Goadsby-trained four-year-old mare, Last Party, is also recovering from injury.
A winner of three races in four starts, Last Party suffered a quarter crack in her hoof in September and was sidelined for three months.
Goadsby said she would not be ready to race until March when he was also hoping to debut two-year-old Pamplona Princess, which he was bringing over from New Zealand.
At Menangle on Tuesday, the Maitland team of Paul and Dan Morgan will race Blackjack Shannon, Dreaming Big and Never Know Ozzie.
Dan Morgan drove a winning double with Captain Rockey and Pay On The Pacer on Saturday night.