Injury Enforced: Two-Time Group Winner Retired

THE racing career of star Northern Rivers sprinter Fernando Blaster is likely over after he damaged a hock in a trial at Lismore on Wednesday night.

David Brasch

9 April 2020

THE racing career of star Northern Rivers sprinter Fernando Blaster is likely over after he damaged a hock in a trial at Lismore last night.

Trainer Terry Jordan had the injury x-rayed today.

The son of Fernando Bale-Amy Lyndan raced 44 times for 20 wins and nine placings earning $155,000 for owner, Sydney based Merv Papworth.

He won the Group 2 Lismore Gold Cup in a scorching 29.50, the Group 3 Casino Cup in a track record 26.91, was second in the G2 Maitland Gold Cup, and a finalist in the G1 Gold Bullion, G1 National Derby, and G3 Ipswich Gold Cup.

At his first look at Ipswich, he equaled the track record of 29.97.

Fernando Blaster showed extraordinary speed during his career.

He ran 29.61 winning a heat of the Derby at Wentworth Park, then ran 29.40 winning a heat of the Easter Egg.

He ran 24.70 at Maitland during his Cup campaign.

His Casino Cup series success was devastating breaking the track record in his heat and then eclipsing that in the final a week later.

Other fabulous winning times included Albion Park 29.66 and Lismore 29.46.

His litter brother Painted Picture has won 26 races to date and been a multiple Group and feature race winner of finalist.

No decision in regards to any stud career for the dog has been made.