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Injury setback for Major

By Chris Barsby

Emerging talent Major Coup will be off the scene until next year.

The Wayne Graham trained pacer has been off the scene since June 27 when unplaced at Albion Park, a rarity during his 42 start career to date.

It was discovered soon after that effort, the Art Major gelding tore the tendon off the sesamoid bone on his nearside front.

As a three-year-old, he suffered a similar injury to his hind leg.

And the latest scan was positive but still not perfect.

“Yeah, it’s wasn’t the best news but at least it was diagnosed and he’s having time off and rehabilitating which will have him back at the track sooner rather than later, he’ll be re-scanned around Christmas time and hopefully it will be good to go.” Graham said.

A winner of 14 races with 21 minor placings, the big striding talent looks an open class horse in the making after some epic battles with the likes of recently crowned Queensland Harness Horse of the Year Leos Best and another rising star in Major Cam.

His biggest victory to date came via the Listed $25,000 QBRED Breeders Classic Final while being placed in the Gr.2 $50,000 QBRED Triad plus the Gr.3 $30,000 4yo Championship.

The latest setback forced him out of the winter carnival while the upcoming summer carnival is also out of the equation.

“I was thrilled with the way he came up and the first run back was very pleasing but the second run was well below his level hence why we had him checked over, it was too bad to be true.

“We know he’s got very good ability and can compete with the best up here while he’s proven he’s capable of very good time, but we just need to be patient and let this latest injury heal.

“He’s still a young horse and hasn’t been overly taxed yet so I’m confident we can still get the best out of him but it will just take time.”

Major Coup is raced by his breeder, Terry Flynn.

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