Tim Price’s Wesko injured on eve of RK3DE rematch

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Tim Price (NZL) and Wesko at Tattersalls in 2014.
Tim Price and Wesko on their way to winning the George Mernagh Memorial CIC3* at Tattersalls in 2014.

Tim Price’s Rio Olympic and Kentucky Three-Day-Event hopeful Wesko is injured and will sit out the rest of the season.

The combination was runner-up to Michael Jung at last year’s RK3DE 4*, but a soft tissue injury has forced his withdrawal from this year’s event, which gets under way on April 28.

New Zealand's Tim Price was fourth on Wesko.
Tim Price and Wesko at Aachen last year. © Rolex/Kit Houghton

“I was looking forward to Michel bringing his A-game to Kentucky and I really felt this year was going to be our year,” said Price, who heads to Kentucky this weekend to ride Bango in the RK3DE. “I am disappointed and saddened that’s not going to be the case.”

Wesko, a Dutch-bred 14-year-old, is owned by Christina Knudsen and the Wesko Syndicate. In 2014 he and Price won the CCI4* at Luhmühlen, and last year were third in the CCI4* at Pau.

He was one of three Price has on the Eventing Team New Zealand High Performance Squad, and his main Olympic hopeful.

“He has gone his whole life so far 100% injury-free. It’s really poor timing,” Price said.

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