NZ Briefs for 2nd August 2019

More surgery for Roaring Lion ; Patient approach with Scott Base

More surgery for Roaring Lion

UK Horse of the Year, Roaring Lion underwent a second colic surgery at the Cambridge Equine Veterinary Hospital on Thursday morning.

Roaring Lion had been making positive progress since his initial surgery last Saturday but began to show symptoms of discomfort overnight.

The symptoms were evaluated by the Cambridge Equine Hospital team with some international consultation and the decision was made to return to the operating table.

There were two adhesions from the first operation compromising a length of small intestine and they were removed.

Roaring Lion is currently in recovery and the next 48 hours will be critical. Developments to Roaring Lion's condition will continue to be updated by Cambridge Stud.

Patient approach with Scott Base

Horowhenua horseman Chris Rutten is taking a patient approach with the return of Group Two winner Scott Base, with the son of Dalghar recovering from an operation earlier this year.

"He's had an operation where he had a bone chip taken out in January," Rutten said.

"It has taken him quite a bit (of time), we just wanted to give him the time he needed to recover from that properly.

"Dave Keenan (vet) did the operation. He is on the water-walker at the moment for about a month. We will just bring him up slowly and see how he looks after that."

Before his operation, the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) hero contested all three legs of the Hawke's Bay Spring Carnival last season, with his best result being a fourth-placing in the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m).

"They (his runs) were just a bit below par for him. He got trapped a bit, the runs weren't going his way really," Rutten said.

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