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Reigning Queensland Horse of the Year Leos Best is back in work.
Following his sensational season last year, it’s become quite frustrating this season for his connections following a spate of niggling setbacks.
The Cammibest gelding made a cameo back in November which resulted in a first-up victory at Albion Park on November 11 followed by a dismal effort two weeks later when unplaced.
Leos Best finished fifth behind Smooth Showgirl but never threatened at any stage, it left his biggest supporters scratching their heads.
As a result, the multiple feature race winner was sent to the paddock for a freshen-up while trainer Grant Dixon attempted to pinpoint the issue.
“In the end, there wasn’t anything major coming to light with him and he returned to work and seemed back to his normal self. He then pulled a shoe and drove a nail through his hoof which caused a few issues and was tipped out again.” Dixon said.
Leos Best returned to work again last week and has successfully completed his first week of work in his latest campaign.
While no time lines have been placed on his return, the ultimate aim will focus on the Brisbane winter carnival later this year.
“There are no set plans at this stage, we’ll let him tell us where’s he likely to head but hopefully he can return to his best and the winter carnival offers several nice options for him.
“If we can get some solid lead-in racing before the carnival, he can easily measure up to races like the Sunshine Sprint and the Blacks A Fake.”
Leos Best finished 9th behind Hectorjayjay in last year’s Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park.
Chris Barsby | RQ Web News | February 15 | Photo by Dan Costello