Caltabiano Back On Top After Injury Setback

By: Sarah Fortnum
November 16th, 2011

Talented galloper Back On Top will be having his first start in ten months when he resumes in the 1,000 metre Hylands Kids Colours For Christmas Handicap at Warwick Farm this Saturday.

The six-year-old gelding has been plagued with feet problems over the years, however, trainer Mario Caltabiano believes those concerns are now far behind him.

“He should be spot-on. He’s won for me first-up before over 1000 metres and I think this race should suit him,” Caltabiano said.

Caltabianco told of the injuries that have limited Back On Top to just one start in the past 16 months.

“He just wasn’t right. He lost a lot of weight and I couldn’t find out what was wrong,” Caltabiano said.

“I gave him six months in the paddock and he is 30 kilos heavier now to what he was.

“He has had a lot of problems with his feet.

“He’s got bristly feet but I’ve had the farriers work on him and they look like they’re back to normal.”

Back On Top has drawn awkwardly for Saturday’s race in barrier 15.

“Warwick Farm does only have one turn into the straight so it may not be that bad,” Caltabiano said.

“But I’m sure he will run well. He’s probably the best I’ve ever had him.”

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