Overdose: extended winning sequence to 13 with Sunday's victoryPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Triumphant return for Overdose in Slovakia
Report: Slovakia, Sunday
HUNGARY'S sprint sensation Overdose took his unbeaten record to 13 amid emotional scenes in Bratislava on Sunday when the ‘Budapest Bullet' made a triumphantreturn after a 15-month injury layoff.
However, the five-year-old is unlikely to run in the Nunthorpe Stakes later this month, with connections favouring a return to Baden-Baden for the Group 2 Goldene Peitsche, a race he won two years ago, on August 29.
Gary Hind, now based in the Czech Republic, was riding Overdose for the first time in a €10,000 Listed race over 5f as the horsereturned from a serious foot injury to run at the Slovak Derby meeting.
Prominent throughout, Overdose surged clear as the field turned for home but then needed a reminder from Hind before he was eased down in the closing stages.
The son of Starborough's winning margin was a half- length from the home-trained Boschka with the Czech-trained Another True Story a neck back in third.
Overdose's owner Zoltan Mikoczy said afterwards that the horse is now more likely to run next in the Group 2 Goldene Peitsche at Baden-Baden on August 29, a race he won two years ago, in preference to the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York.
"We need to get more work into him. I'm not sure if running at York next would be the most sensible step - to win a Group 1 we would need to have him right back to his best and he may need to have one more run before we see the old Overdose of 2008.
"We want to have him at his peak for the Prix de l'Abbaye in October, which is his main target for this season."
Mikoczy also had warm words of praise for jockey Gary Hind.
"Gary looked after the horse and did enough to win," he said. "He knew that today was a stepping stone. You saw here today what an experienced jockey he is."
Hind was pleased. "We've done what we had to do and it's a satisfactory result," hesaid. "The plan was to get him forward and not overcomplicate things.
"We went on round the turn but towards the end I did feel him tiring, which was understandable given his long layoff. Hopefully he'll come on massively for the run. It's certainly something to build on. The main thing is the horse has come back safe and sound."
Also present in Bratislava to cheer Overdose on were members of the Official Overdose Fan Club, which has over 1,000 members, from over 20 countries. ‘This horse is a miracle' said Amina Paszti, the group‘s founder.
>>There was also sadness later on a great day for Hungarian racing as the former Mark Johnston-trained Steady As A Rock, a multiple winner in Central and Eastern Europe, and now trained in Hungary, suffered a potentially career-threatening leg injury.