$600 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $600 in racing bonuses*
$500 in Bonus Bets
Sign-up, Join now & get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in racing bonus bets*
Deposit $250, Bet with $550
Sign-up, deposit $250 & receive $300 in racing bonus bets. That's $550 to bet with!*
Deposit $20, Bet with $120
Sign-up, deposit $20 & receive $100 in racing bonus bets. That's $120 to bet with!*
$300 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $300 in racing bonus bets*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: AAP
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

Cameron Crockett is wary of Nictock’s propensity to self-harm undermining the gelding’s return to racing at Rosehill.

The Mudgee trainer has been baffled by the four-year-old’s recent tendency to kick himself during track work and trials, and so far the Randwick Equine Centre and Crockett”s vet have been unable to offer an explanation.

Nictock has seven wins and a placing from nine starts, a record that suggests Saturday’s Benchmark 85 Handicap (1100m) should be well within his capabilities, but Crockett is approaching the race with some trepidation.

He had hoped Nictock would in the Listed Ortensia Stakes during the Scone carnival but a barrier incident, illness and, more importantly, his action thwarted those plans.

Crockett became concerned after a lacklustre, yet winning, trial at Mudgee in late March.

“He’s won every trial he’s had for me but normally he’s pulling away from those kinds of horses by four or five lengths on the bit, travelling,” he said.

Crockett then noticed Nictock was clipping his off side hock when he galloped, causing abrasions and bleeding.

“He started hitting himself really significantly in his last trial. We did a lot of investigations but couldn’t find any reason for it,” Crockett said.

“We’re hoping it’s just because his body is changing shape.”

Nictock was sent to the Randwick Equine Centre, where the findings were inconclusive.

“We’ve got theories but no definite answer. The only thing that’s changed with the horse is he’s hitting himself, but has his action changed because something else is not right?”

Crockett said Nictock, who last raced in October, had worked well since his hock was heavily strapped at the point of impact.

“The tape has improved his gallops but if there’s something else going on the tape will only help him so much. It’ll only be a band aid,” he said.

“At his best he would run a huge race. He’s been good this week but he has to stretch himself further in a race.

“We’ve got to the point with his fitness that there’s only one thing to do, strap the hock and go to the races.”

 
  • Deposit
    $250
  • Bet with
    $550!
  • Claim $300 in Racing Bonus Bets when you deposit $250!*
  • Join now!
Claim up to $300 in Racing Bonus Bets!*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Free Racing Bonus Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with a Free list of the best Bonus Bet offers available at every online bookmaker...

Golden Slipper Field – 2019

View the final field and barriers for the 2019 Golden Slipper. The Golden Slipper will be run on Saturday 23rd...

G1 winner killed by lightning

As Saturday came to a close, scone-based trainer Paul Messara was conflicted. During the day two immensely emotional moments occurred...

Small-time punter pockets big All Star Mile win

Ballarat resident Damien Murnane has never considered himself a big punter but he has landed the biggest win of his...

Estijaab - Golden Slipper

Golden Slipper

The Golden Slipper is one of the biggest and most prestigious horse races in Australia. Taking place each April at...

George Ryder Stakes

The George Ryder Stakes is one of the feature middle distances races in Australia for all horses of all ages, it is...

 
 
 
Copyright © 2018 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.