Easy Road with trainer Cathrine Erichsen at Doncaster
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Jon Lees 5:45PM 28 OCT 2016
NORWEGIAN trainer Cathrine Erichsen was on Friday struggling to come to terms with losing stable star and recent Ascot winner Easy Road after what was meant to be routine surgery.
The six-year-old, who won the Listed Rous Stakes at the start of the month, underwent an operation to have a chip removed from a front leg but had to be put down on Thursday after suffering another injury.
A distraught Erichsen said: “He was put down yesterday. He was in for more or less routine surgery last Friday. We had done a vet’s check after he finished the season and it was nearly by coincidence they found a minor bone chip in one of his front knees.
“The surgeon recommended the chip should come out but it had been there without hurting him too much. I was discussing whether it was really necessary because he was still winning his races and wasn’t lame, but the vet said we should and it went so wrong. I am so sad. He broke his leg during recovery afterwards.”
She continued: “He walked out from surgery fine but after a few days he couldn’t stand on his leg. They thought he had strained a muscle. I was getting worried. They x-rayed and saw he had a new injury on the backside of the knee. He was so unlucky and we had to put him down. There was nothing we could do to save him he was in such pain.”
Easy Road won 14 races, including a Group 3 race and five at Listed level. He was unbeaten in Britain having landed a Doncaster handicap a year ago.
Erichsen said: “In Scandinavia he was a superstar. We were so proud of him. I can’t believe he is not coming back when I walk into his barn.”