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MOE: Injury May End Savquaw's Career

Monday, 6 September 2010:
Peter Gelagotis
Peter Gelagotis
“At this stage it is looking as though it is a career ending injury, which is very disappointing,” Gelagotis said.

“We will wait and see with fingers crossed, but it is not looking good.”

Savquaw, winner of last year's Moe Cup, has raced 43 times for eight wins and 14 minor placings with just on $290,000 in stakes.

On a more promising note, the two horses that fought out the Gippsland Horse of the Year 12 months ago are set to return to racing.

Rockpecker is a strong chance to return at Moonee Valley this weekend according to his trainer Ken Fythe, who is very happy with his galloper's progress/

King Hoaks is also close to resuming as soon as firm racing surfaces return.

He was entered for Flemington Saturday but running at that meeting was ruled out when it became clear the track would be heavily rain affected.

* MOE trainers continued their great start to the season with another double at Sale last Thursday and Shaemist Mountain making it back to back wins for Stony Creek mentor Jack Wilson at Geelong on Sunday.

The victories at Sale by Peter Gelagotis and Tracey Templeton followed up successes by fellow Moe trainers Ian Jones, Len Xuereb and Mick Templeton at their home track the previous Tuesday.

Gelagotis' Sale winner Bubbles All Round is a mare that has only been in his stable this preparation.

“She ran at Bairnsdale and then we went to Mildura second up simply to get a dry track.

“After those two efforts she stepped up to a more suitable distance (1717m) and won at Sale,” he said.

“I think she will be a handy stayer and over the course of this preparation she will step up in distance.

“There's another race at Sale in a fortnight, so we might look at that or search for a 2000m event, but she needs a good track.”

Before joining the stable, Bubbles All Round had won a three year-old metropolitan race in Adelaide for Philip Stokes before her form tapered off.

Mo' Money made it two wins and a second from three starts this preparation for trainer Tracey Templeton and looks set for a good campaign.

The four year-old now has four victories from just 13 starts

Templeton explained recently that after his final run last preparation last December, Mo' Money had bone chips removed from his knees.

While there is little doubt he's a city class galloper, he requires a firm racing surface and the metro tracks have not been conducive to his needs in recent weeks.

* SHAEMIST Mountain had to fight hard to win at Geelong, but proved his versatility winning on the synthetic surface at Geelong after saluting on a bog track first up at Cranbourne.

“It was a good effort but he had to work hard and I will just see how he pulls up after this run,” said Wilson.

“There's another showcase race at Seymour in 11 days that would be suitable, but it is a case of seeing how he has come through it.

“A few trainers have advised me that some horses can take a bit longer to get over a run on that surface.

“Having said that if he has come through this run well I believe there is more improvement in the horse.”

With four wins from 12 starts, the four year-old appears to have a very bright future and his best looks ahead or him.

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