Gytrash: Gordon Richards and knee surgery on top sprinter to remove bone chip

GUN South Australian sprinter Gytrash will be out of action for six months following surgery to remove a bone chip from a knee.

Trainer Gordon Richards said the operation on his nearside front knee on Tuesday was a similar procedure to two years ago and the speed machine had come through it “all right”.

The setback adds further credibility to an already stunning performance at Rosehill on Saturday when he stepped up to 1300m for the first time and charged home to claim the $1m Yes Yes Yes Stakes.

“He won like that when under the cloud basically,” Richards said. “I never ever thought he would pick that horse (Haut Brion Her) up.

“It had slipped away, it had the easy run along the fence. It booted two (lengths) clear and Gytrash was out there floundering in the heavy track.

“He just has a big heart, big lungs and a big heart. He is a wonderful horse.”

The knee was X-rayed when Gytrash first arrived in Sydney because he was a “little funny in one”.

However, he was cleared of any problems and it was not until the surgeon “went in there” the bone chip was discovered.

“The surgeon said it had been ready to break off for a month or so,” Richards said. “It just hung in there long enough for us to get the run out.

“He wasn’t sore, it was just one of those things. The six-month break won’t do him any harm. He is only lightly raced and can come back as a late five-year old, six-year old in the winter when the tracks are wetter.

“He likes that, there is a positive in everything.”

Gytrash conquered Nature Strip in the Concorde Stakes at Randwick, before finishing a game third in The Everest and then won the Yes Yes Yes Stakes.

GYTRASH!! A massive run for the South Australian. It was a battle to the end but Jason Collett landed the victory in the shadow of the post for @racing_gordon! pic.twitter.com/5aIuvNaZSY

While the Concorde was only worth $160,000, Richards said it was arguably Gytrash’s most exciting effort because it announced he was good enough.

He also praised The Everest run after getting well out of his ground and coming from so far back.

“I sort of had my doubts of him running 1200m or further,” Richards said. “I thought he was a 1000, 1100m horse even though he had won over 1200m.

“Since being up there (Sydney) he has gone to another level. The Lightning win (at Flemington in February) was pretty good for us too, being 20/1 and no one expecting us to win.

“He just keeps improving. As a three-year old he was running around in benchmark races, just winning them. Each preparation he goes to another level.

“As for the giant killer tag, someone said the other day he is not the giant killer, he is the giant.”

Gytrash is likely to be spelled in NSW until ready to come back into work. The plan would be one or two runs in the winter, then a short let-up before being set for another attack on the The Everest.

Originally published asSurgery puts Gytrash out of action

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