Mudgee trainer Cameron Crockett is admittedly concerned ahead of Saturday’s Benchmark 85 Handicap (1100m) at Rosehill due to Nictock’s tendency to self harm.
The four-year-old gelding has been kicking himself during track work and trials, an activity that can’t be explained by the Randwick Equine Centre and Crockett’s vet.
“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.
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.Cameron Crockett
“We’re hoping it’s just because his body is changing shape.
Crockett was encouraged to take Nictock to the Randwick Equine Centre but didn’t find concrete answers there.
“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?”
Nictock’s form will be put to the test on Saturday and Crockett is hoping he will race to his potential.
“He’s been good this week but he has to stretch himself further in a race.”