Surgery sidelines Geegees Blackflash

Tasmanian star Geegees Blackflash is recovering after emergency surgery at the Longford Equine Clinic.

Geegees Blackflash had been unwell and not eaten or taken any liquid for almost two days, which led trainer Leon Wells to arrange a scan to identify the problem.  “It revealed a huge mass embedded in the horse’s bowel,” Wells said.  “We got in touch with Alistair McLean, who is the best equine surgeon in Australia, and his response was brilliant.

“Alistair pretty much dropped everything and was on the first flight into Launceston on Sunday.  The surgery went as planned and he doesn’t believe it’s a tumour but we probably won’t know for a few days.”

Geegees Blackflash (9g Clangalang – La Quita by Grand Lodge) is the first Tasmanian galloper to earn $1 million in stakes without leaving the State.   His outstanding record comprises 22 wins and includes two Group 3 Hobart Cups, a Group 3 Launceston Cup and multiple listed races ranging in distance from 1200m to 2400m.

The news comes just days after the loss of Tasmanian stayer Banca Mo.  The Tough Speed gelding was trained by Scott Brunton for 6 wins at home before going to the mainland to win a Pakenham Cup, Mornington Cup and a memorable 5 length victory in the 2013 Warrnambool Cup.