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Rocket Man Shock: Boom Sprinter Out For 6 Months
Singapore's brilliant Australian-bred 3YO gelding Rocket Man (Visount-Macrosa, by Mcginty) will miss the next 6 months of racing with a hairline fracture of the leg, according to sportal.com. Bred and sold by Tyreel Stud, Rocket Man was a $60,000 yearling at the 2007 Magic Millions National Sale. The 3YO gelding has been dominant in Singapore since 1st making his debut. Rocket Man has recorded 7 wins from just 8 starts for S$891,787 (A$774,114) earnings, suffering his only loss to date with a very close runner-up to Hong Kong's champion sprinter Sacred Kingdom in the Gr1 Singapore Krisflyer International Sprint at Kranji in Singapore. Rocket Man (winner of April's Gr1 Lion City Cup over 1200m, March's Gr3 Kranji Sprint over 1200m, January's Gr3 Singapore 3YO Sprint over 1200m & last November's Gr3 Magic Millions Orchid Trophy over 1200m in an undefeated sequence) was set to take on Asia's best sprinters, including Australia's Scenic Blast, in the Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama in October, but those plans are off after X-rays revealed he has a hairline condylar fracture of the cannon bone to his off-side foreleg. He will now have surgery to repair the injury. Trainer Patrick Shaw commented: "He was out to do two rounds of light work, quickening up in the second lap, but (jockey) Robbie (Fradd) just felt there was something wrong with him. He didn't let him stride up and kept a tight hold of him before dismounting and leading him back. It's lucky we have found it now and it didn't happen during a race or a fast gallop. The result could have been a lot different."