With Hungarian sprinter Overdose’s principal owner, Zoltan Mikoczy, still under arrest in Romania, the colt’s two other owners, Slovakians Istvan Czucz and Mario Hoffman, have issued statements to the press in Hungary and Slovakia that they will oversee the horse’s career until Mr. Mikoczy is able to return to the helm.
Overdose is currently in England at Amanda Perrett’s yard in Pulborough, where he’s been handwalked daily. According to statements made by Mr. Czucz, the colt will be ready to begin serious training in January and February. Overdose is expected to leave England next month for either Hungary or Slovakia, where he’ll winter. Mr. Czucz, who went to school with Mr. Mikoczy, said the philosophy of the three owners was the same, and the horse would be handled exactly as planned for months. The challenge for them, he said, would be to find a facility that would allow the colt to train uninterrupted through the winter months. The only unexpected change in developments was trainer Sandor Ribarszki’s possible defection to Berlin from Budapest to train. Mr. Ribarszki has stated in press reports that he’d like to take Overdose with him to Germany.
Mr. Hoffman has majority interest in the multinational corporation Istrokapital SE. Once a casino dealer in the US, he’s considered the richest man in Slovakia.