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“THE PEOPLE’S HORSE”
Pierre Jourdan, one of the most popular horses in training on the Highveld, has sustained a career-threatening injury and will not be seen again for a number of months writes Nicci Garner for Tab Online.
His trainer and part owner Gary Alexander said sadly on Monday : “PJ hurt himself in the Summer Cup. It’s a bone injury in the off hind hock. He is being treated by Prof Roy Gottschalk (Witbos Veterinary Clinic) and if the leg settles down, he’ll be rested for only three to four months. If not, he’ll have to have surgery and that could mean at least a year off. This has put paid to his four-year-old career. It’s unfortunate, but if we’re going to have a horse left after this, then we’ve got to be patient. That’s racing - you’ve got to take the good with the bad.”
The Parade Leader gelding, who cost just R60,000 at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale and has earned R3,384,425 might be spelled once the injury starts showing signs of improvement.
Pierre Jourdan, who races in the lilac and white silks of Emilio Baisero, has won seven of his 11 career starts and so nearly won the 2010 South African Triple Crown. Rested after finishing second in the third leg of the series, he made a winning comeback in the Joburg Spring Challenge but failed in both his subsequent starts, finishing third in the Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile early last month when he was expected to do much better and was unplaced in the Sansui Summer Cup.
Summerhill wishes PJ and his connections all the best and hope for a speedy recovery.