Awapuni gallopers Jacksstar and Rock On have been on the road to recovery after tendon issues in the last couple of years and trainer Gary Vile is hoping his patience with the pair pays off at Trentham on Saturday.
The stablemates will line-up in the Gr.3 NZ Campus of Innovation & Sport Wellington Cup (3200m) and Vile said it has been a long process getting both runners back to their best.
“When a horse breaks down you have to be governed by your vets I think,” he said. “I've got very good vets in Tim Pearce and John O'Brien.
“We went through a process with Jacksstar with stem cells. He broke down in the Auckland Cup (Gr.1, 3200m) and tore all the main ligaments in his leg.
“He's been a real work in progress because he's had to grow a whole new tendon. Through the vets hard work and the owners' patience we've got him back.”
Rock On suffered a similar setback before the Wellington Cup last year.
“Rock On did a flexor tendon last year a week before the Cup and that was really hard to handle, because he was ready to go and he was weighted right at 53kg. it just meant box rest and paddock rest and bringing him back very slowly.
“It's been 22 months in the making, they're both St Leger (Listed, 2500m) winners so they deserve their crack at two miles.”
Vile is confident of a good showing from the pair, but can’t separate them heading into the Wellington feature.
“Yeah I think they can (win), which one I don't know,” he said. “I'd love to dead heat it.”