Nine-Year-Old Transporter Salutes at Eagle Farm

Old Soldiers Never Die would seem to be the operative principle where Transporter is concerned. The nine-year-old gelding, once considered one of Queensland’s better horses in 2014, was back on the track for a win at Eagle Farm after being rehabilitated by trainer Lindsay Hatch.

Transporter, at the peak of his form, won twice at the Listed level and placed in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes four years ago, but injuries forced him to the side for two years, and then returned in September and did nothing to encourage any hope regarding his prospects, as his only respectable result in four starts was a placing at Doomben.

Transporter’s owner Les Tinkler contacted Hatch about the prospect of getting a little something out of the gelding, and Hatch rose to the task and employed some of the same low-impact training methods that we members of the older set ourselves enjoy.

Hatch was also encouraged to see a soft course following rains at Eagle Farm. He put Transporter on the treadmill and water walker so as not to aggravate any of the old injuries that had seemingly ended the horse’s career. Our hips and knees are smiling at the mere prospect of those sorts of workouts.

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