The 3 year old bay colt Patriarch who was one of the early favourites for this year's classics but had to withdraw because of physical issues, will be out of action for approximately six months. Patriarch who won the first two legs of the Supreme Ventures 2 year Old Series last year before placing 5th in the final leg, underwent surgery last month to remove bone chips from both knees.
His trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes outlined the plan for his charge over the next few months. “For a mponth he will have limited time outside and graze on the barn for four weeks and for the next four weeks he will go for long lead-outs and then for the third four week period he can start swimming,” said Nunes. Meanwhile, local veterinarian Dr Graham Brown who helped to perform the surgery on Patriarch says there's an urgent need for an equine clinic at Caymanas Park.
“Essentially what we need is a building; we’re not sure which building or where but a structure that can become an equine clinic,” said Dr Brown who is also a member of the board of Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited.