By Tony McMahon
Rockhampton racing’s darling Sweet Dolly has completed six months of rehabilitation at her trainer Kevin Hansen’s North Rockhampton stables and is now set for a well-earned paddock holiday.
After being purchased at a pauper’s price for just $1500 when a weanling, she ascended to recognition as the best juvenile princess in Queensland last season.
Raced by Ken and Michelle Walker, Sweet Dolly’s prizemoney climbed to $477,750 after she won the lucrative QTIS 2YO Jewel (1200m) at the Gold Coast on March 13.
That followed wins in the Pallarenda at Townsville, the Listed Calaway Gal in Brisbane and the QTIS 2YO Jewel Prelude at the Sunshine Coast in February.
Hansen and Sweet Dolly’s owners were crestfallen as shortly after her Gold Coast win, a suspensory ligament injury became apparent.
“The injury was a little hole around the sesamoid area; we took her down to the University of Queensland at the Gatton Equine Centre where she had plasma treatment for the front leg injury,” Hansen said.
“To recover fully and not further damage the injury she had to be kept at the stables and for six months with treatment.
“We had it re-scanned on Tuesday of this week and it looked really good – beautiful.”
He said Sweet Dolly would now be turned out into a paddock to enjoy a much-deserved recuperative rest.
“She will be spelled at the owners’ property until probably at least December. Then we can bring her in and hopefully plan for some feature races next year,” he said.