It has been an agonising wait for owner Jackie Gibson with her star pacer Two Eye See. The popular Gr.1 winner was retired in December last year after finishing ninth in a race at Tabcorp Park Menangle suffering from an asthma-like condition but after speaking with former trainer Mark Hewitt and new conditioner John McCarthy, Gibson made the decision to bring the six year old back into work earlier this year.
“It is a very exciting time to have Two Eye See ready to race again but I am very nervous at the same time because he is such a special horse to me that has given me such joy at a time in my life that I really needed an outlet,” Gibson said.
“When Two Eye See was initially retired he came home from Mark’s (Hewitt) he spent four months in the paddock, he was double rugged, fed daily and he was just looking so good that I thought it might be worth giving him another go.”
Gibson spoke with her vet before contacting Hewitt and telling him of her plans with the son of Armbro Operative.
“The vet looked at him then I spoke with Mark because ideally he would have never left his stable but he was happy to see him given another chance as well even if it was in another stable.”
“John McCarthy has facilities to be able to swim Two Eye See which will be important considering he has had three of his four legs operated on already and hopefully it won’t be as dry so close to the city which will help with his allergy because it won’t be as dusty.”
Two Eye See trialled on Tuesday and Gibson is looking forward to dressing up in her customary purple when he finally resumes in a race.
“He has come this far already and I remember speaking with the McCarthys and telling them that he wasn’t to return to racing just for the sake of it and if he wasn’t going well enough then I didn’t want him to race again but they must be very happy with him to have him back at the trials and the next logical step is a race.”
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