Farewell Stroemsky

Apr 17, 2014

“Only one in a million horses gets to go out like that,” said jockey Michael Rodd after steering troemsky to a determined victory at Sale on Thursday – the six-year-old’s victory coming at his final start.

Due to retired from the track in preparation for a new career as a dressage horse, Stroemsky had a bit against him at Sale – a drop back in distance and a rise in weight – but aided by a patient ride by Rodd he was able to go out on a high note.

Settling back from a middle gate, Stroemsky ended up on the fence in a tricky position with not a lot of room to manoeuvre.

“He had no gate speed which is normal for him,” Rodd reported, “and we ended up in a very awkward spot early.”

“Ideally,” he continued, “I would like to have got out earlier and made a run but I would’ve had to go out too wide so I poked up on the inside.”

As a couple got clear in the run home, Stroemsky put in the big strides along the inside of them, finding the line well to win by a neck with a further ¾ to the third placegetter.

“He ran through his gears nicely,” Rodd said.

A three times winner of over $76,000 in stakes, Stroemsky was raced by breeder Kerry Selleck with Lee Selleck, Roslyn Andrews, George Zagon, Christopher Finnegan, Michael Sandor, Michael Farrell and David Chisholm.

He has overcome the odds during his 28 start career – one that has seen him incur several problems including a tendon injury and a wind issue that required surgery.

A son of Elvstroem, Stroemsky is a brother to the stable’s terrific mare Danestroem and a half to Consorting who was so brave in defeat at Flemington a couple of weeks ago.