COMEBACK TRAIL: Grafton horse breeder Warren Lawson with Blackboard Special who is on the comeback trail after successful surgery.
COMEBACK TRAIL: Grafton horse breeder Warren Lawson with Blackboard Special who is on the comeback trail after successful surgery. Debrah Novak

Larynx surgery successful for Blackboard Special

RACING: GRAFTON trainer Wayne Lawson is excited to have winning gelding Blackboard Special back in work.

The exciting prospect which kicked off its career with a second and a win at Grafton before placing at Rosehill in Sydney was put under the knife late last year for a larynx tie-back.

The surgery which has come along in leaps and bounds in recent years was a success for BlackBoard Special and it has since been back in work for two weeks.

"The surgery went really well," Lawson said.

"Over the years it has actually been a bit unsuccessful but with changing technologies and methods the success rate is up around 90% now.

"But if you go back three or four years it was more around the 30% mark which shows how far surgeons have come in a short space of time."

Lawson said while Blackboard Special has been back in work for a couple of weeks, he is taking it easy on the gelding for the first month.

"We're taking him steady for the first month and then we will build him up," Lawson said.

"He has only had nine races so far so he is still a young horse.

"He is an exciting horse two so hopefully I should know more in a month."



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