Pagan gets answers on Johnny

Pagan gets answers on Johnny


The results of a scintigraphy scan have given trainer Denis Pagan the answers he was looking for after a below-par spring preparation from last year’s Victoria Derby winner Johnny Get Angry.

The son of Tavistock has been sent to the spelling paddock for three months after finishing 22nd in the Melbourne Cup.

“He was very sore,” Pagan said. “The reality is the scan showed he had about 15 or 16 sore spots.

“It’s akin to a young footballer that is sore and not ready to play.

“He might have got sore again after Damien (Oliver) galloped him before the Cup, because he really galloped well at Breakfast with the Stars.




“He hadn’t even turned four … he was just like a young footballer who had played too many games.

“He’d passed all the tests with the Racing Victoria vets.

“He had all the tests and trotted up all the time and scans done, but it wasn’t until you did the scintigraphy where the nuclear dye attaches to any warm spots.”

International runners in the Melbourne Cup were required to undergo a full body scintigraphy at the expense of their connections two to six weeks prior to entering pre-export quarantine.

Meanwhile local and international runners had to a undergo a CT scan of their distal limbs.

“We will give him three months out and I’ll be looking forward to when he comes back in without any pressures to get to the Melbourne Cup or anything and just take it as it comes,” Pagan said.

“He probably should have been tipped out after the Turnbull.




“I know that’s easy in retrospect but I’m glad that he didn’t have to have any medical intervention in terms of surgery or any medication.

“He just needed to go out and allow himself to grow and mature.

“We finally got to the bottom of it because it was so frustrating.

“He wanted to please us and he kept on trying – but he wasn’t right.”

Pagan’s assessment was frank, as always, when reflecting on saddling up a runner in the Melbourne Cup.

“Terribly embarrassed with what I did and the way he ran,” he reflected. “But now I know why.

“It was a very expensive operation and as my father said, ‘There is no fool like an old fool’ and that’s me.





“It’s better to have tried and failed than to not have tried at all.

“The most important thing is I’ve still got a lovely horse and maybe he’ll come again.”

Having moved on several members of his team recently including My Squeeze Louise, Frankie Two Angels, Don’t Rush Ruby and Let It Rip Reggie, Pagan has no shortage of young draft picks.

With Turn It Up Tommy sent for an eight-month spell after his spring campaign, Pagan’s young team of staying types includes Back Me Up Benny (by Fiorente), Call On Me Valerie (Dundeel), Freddy Cut In (Almanzor), Georgie Get Mad (Australia), Normie No Show (Exosphere) and Wake Me Up Winston (Churchill).