Lindsay Park stayer Rostropovich is on the mend after his Melbourne Cup injury — and the Euroa stable's head honcho says he will one day race again.
The five-year-old gelding was pulled up in last month's great race with a fractured pelvis, but the stable's regular social media updates surrounding his recovery encouraged he will make it back to full health.
Lindsay Park's Twitter account distributed an adorable video late last week in which Rostropovich was enjoying a good old scratch, courtesy of the stable's hard-working Euroa staff.
David Hayes, who trains the gelding with Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, told Racenet the horse's breeding meant it was prepared to race well into its vintage years.
“He might be back next spring, but he’ll definitely be back the autumn after,” Hayes said.
“He’s by Galileo so there’s no rush with him and he won’t get too heavy.
“He’s walking sound, but you can see where his muscle has wasted a little bit behind, but he’s certainly going to be a racing prospect in time.
“He’s as happy as Larry and really enjoying the break now.”
After many anti-racing activists used Rostropovich's injury as the latest example of animal cruelty, the training don said it was important to keep the public informed regarding the recovery, and how well the gelding was being looked after.
“We’re doing our bit, more than we normally would, because we’re keen to show how well he’s going to everyone,” Hayes said.
“We’ve been trying to put out regular updates, something a bit different on him, and we’re getting good feedback on it.”