To assuage growing fears among Hungarian fans that Overdose’s time in his home country was nearing an end with the recent imprisonment of his primary owner, Zoltan Mikoczy, in Romania, photos were released today showing the horse in the familiar surroundings of his trainer’s stable in Alag, north of Budapest. Mr. Mikoczy’s connections — friends and advisers who have formed a group to manage the colt according to Mr. Mikoczy’s directives — allowed the undefeated sprinter to be photographed recently by Pannonia Overdose, a fan site dedicated to the national icon. The horse’s other two owners, Mario Hoffman and Istvan Czucz, are Slovakian and were not present. An article accompanying 10 new photographs said the horse, according to his trainer, Sandor Ribarszki, who hadn’t seen the colt for the last two months, was strong and in good shape but needed minimal regrowth of the hoof to begin training. Overdose was brought to Hungary from England a few weeks ago under a shroud of secrecy and was cloistered under tight security in the Alag countryside because Mr. Mikoczy had reportedly feared that Romanian authorities would place a lien on him. Mr. Mikoczy was convicted of stealing meat processing equipment from a company that he owned that was under bankruptcy protection.
Overdose was brought to the Alag stables, which had been repainted and renovated for his return, only Friday, Pannonia Overdose reported. Press reports had previously indicated that Mr. Ribarszki would be leaving his stable in Alag for Hoppegarten in Berlin, but apparently that’s not the case now. Click here to view the new photos and stay tuned for more updates, which are sure to come.