Ken Nicol: After mysteriously coming down with colic like symptoms which led to him being scratched from the World Sports Betting 1900 as favourite on Saturday, Glen Kotzen reports that Pack Leader is back in good health.
“He was 100% on the morning of the race, and perfectly fine the next day after we treated him so the whole thing is something of a mystery to me” said Kotzen on Monday morning.
He concluded: “On Sunday he was fresh and went for a trot, and afterwards was screaming for his food, so whatever the problem was, it was very temporary.”
Kotzen has made no secret of the fact that Pack Leader is his main Vodacom July hope, and he is quoted as 12-1 fourth favourite in the latest betting.
He lamented the disruption this episode has caused to the Philanthropist colt’s preparations.
“The 1900 would have been the perfect prep for him, but now we will have to give his next run some thought” Kotzen said.
“The Gold Challenge and Cup Trial are both possibilities, as is the Daily News 2000, but success in any of those would lead to his merit rating rising, which is something I obviously want to avoid. He is 13th on the current July log, and at the moment his place in the final field looks secure”.