“We’ve had, in my experience, several horses with fractures in the pelvis that, if everything goes right, they can make a full recovery and back to racing.
“Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly for him through the recovery process.”
Rostropovich was eased down by jockey Dwayne Dunn in the closing stages of the 3200-metre race, with Dunn telling connections post-race that the horse didn’t feel 100 per cent in his action and effort.
“He seemed to be travelling well through the run and he was still travelling well at the top of the straight and somewhere on straightening I saw Dwayne Dunn ease the horse,” Dabernig said.
“He came back and seemed OK but as soon as he started cooling down, you could see the horse was lame behind. He was weight-bearing but he was certainly feeling it. It was bad luck but he was lucky it was nothing worse than that.”
Dabernig said his team would be guided by the vets before progressing Rostropovich through the rehabilitation process.
“I believe it’s very similar to Kings Will Dream; I wasn’t involved in the process of Kings Will Dream, but I’ve been told it’s a similar injury to his,” he said.
“I believe they did [cross tie] him at Werribee overnight and my experience is they just then progress to a standard confined to stable. Then when vets are happy, they’re sent to a smaller paddock and eventually turned out to a bigger paddock.
“Fractures are pretty well on the way to healing after six to eight weeks and then you give horse the time after that to fully recover.”
Meanwhile, Magic Wand is set to back up from the Melbourne Cup in Saturday’s $2 million Mackinnon Stakes.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained mare finished 10th in the Cup after running fourth in the Cox Plate, but will have a third run in 15 days with Ryan Moore to ride over 2000m
Also in the Mackinnon Stakes is Japanese horse Kluger, who has undergone minor laser surgery for entrapped epiglottis since finishing second last in the Cox Plate.
The throat surgery is expected to improve Kluger’s breathing.
Damien Ractliffe is the Chief Racing Reporter for The Age.