Waddell wastes no time back in winners circle26 Sep 2019

Jason Waddell wasted no time getting back to the winners enclose when he booted home the Andrew Campbell-trained Peloton in the $10,000 Pathways Immigration Specialists (Mdn) over 1400 metres on Wednesday.

Waddell has been off the scene since a spate of suspensions, covering a total of 28 days for three separate incidents, ruled him out until April 19 and with his leg surgery date set at May 27 he has opted to undergo the operation before returning to the saddle.

“I’ve got a condition called compartment syndrome and the calf muscles in my right leg swell,’’ Waddell said.

‘’It’s reasonably common among athletes and it affected me a fair bit when I was riding at trials, getting off one horse and straight onto another.

‘’It just got worse and worse and the only way to fix it was to undergo surgery.’’

Waddell returned to the riding ranks just last week but wasted no time when Peloton rallied again to beat favourite Mongolian Heaven (C.Grylls) by a head with a length and a quarter to Two Illicit (D.Mansour) in third.
“Andrew left the instructions pretty open,” Waddell said.
“He jumped the gates and it’s always an advantage to be on the pace here at Te Rapa so we took advantage of that and he fought bravely to the line.”
“The favourite went past me and put a half length but my horse kicked back strongly.”
“It’s great to be back, Waddell added.

Peloton’s winning time 1:25.62 (last 600m in 35.56) on a slow7 track.

“It was bit of a surprise to be forward from the wide draw,’ trainer Andrew Campbell said.
“First time wearing blinkers, he jumped well so Jason (Waddell) took the initiative.”
“I wasn’t that confident, despite running second in a recent trial. He battled to the line in an average trial, hence why we put the blinkers on.”
“His gallop on Saturday was great, boasted my confidence but not much.”
Paloton first win came in his second raceday start for owners T G Heptinstall, J A & C T Barnao, T M Pivac, D R Platt, A Campbell, N Cruickshank & Withonel Syndicate