Heart scare stops Pa­teena mid-race


TRAINER Bill Ryan went to the Launce­s­ton meet­ing last Wed­nes­day night con­fi­dent his for­mer star ju­ve­nile Pa­teena Arena would find win­ning form but in­stead he was left won­der­ing if she might ever race again.

Pa­teena Arena was pulled up in the home straight by rider Craig Ne­witt who thought the four-year-old mare had gone amiss.

While post-race ex­am­i­na­tions re­vealed no ap­par­ent struc­tural dam­age, the mare was suf­fer­ing an ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat that re­quired ex­ten­sive test­ing the fol­low­ing day.

But as of­ten is the case, the test results were in­con­clu­sive.

“We [now] ar­ranged for a blood test and that re­sult won’t be known un­til Mon­day but the vet is fairly con­fi­dent it won’t show any ab­nor­mal­ity,” Ryan said.

“I’ve had other horses go through the same sce­nario dur­ing and af­ter a race and it never hap­pened again.

“If the blood test comes back neu­tral, as we ex­pect, then she will need to have a sat­is­fac­tory 1000-me­tre gal­lop in front of stew­ards and we will ar­range for an­other ECG.”

On a brighter note for Ryan, his mare Speedonova tri­alled bril­liantly at Long­ford on Thurs­day which will pave the way for her re­turn to rac­ing in Launce­s­ton in a bench­mark 70 hand­i­cap over 1400 me­tres next Wed­nes­day night.

Her younger half-sis­ter Nova Vista re­sumed rac­ing on Wed­nes­day night with a luckless sec­ond to Heaven’s De­light in a class one hand­i­cap over 1420m.

“Nova Vista was un­lucky not to win but she’ll be win­ning again on that ef­fort,” Ryan said

An­other im­pres­sive trial win­ner on Thurs­day was the Barry Campbell-trained Kwai that is be­ing pre­pared for a first-up tilt at the 3YO Cup early next month.

Kwai showed her cus­tom­ary early speed to lead and she extended the mar­gin in the home straight to score by five lengths, clock­ing a time 40.3 sec­onds, which was the same time recorded by her sta­ble­mate Chill­out that won his trial by three lengths.

Kwai has started only once for an im­pres­sive 2YO maiden win on her home track at Sprey­ton in early July. THE con­nec­tions of star Tas­ma­nian three-year-old filly Mys­tic Jour­ney have aborted plans to tackle the Group 2 Sandown Guineas over 1600 me­tres next Satur­day.

The Adam Trinder-trained filly won the Group 2 3YO Clas­sic at Moonee Val­ley last start which fol­lowed an ef­fort­less vic­tory in the Jim Maloney Stakes, a listed race for three-year-olds, at Caulfield.

The Sandown Guineas looked a nice op­tion but a spe­cial track gal­lop at Mowbray on Fri­day quashed those plans.

“The filly has done ev­ery­thing we have asked of her this prepa­ra­tion and we were mindful of not want­ing to go to the well too of­ten,” Trinder said.

“So she needed to im­press me in a track gal­lop to war­rant mak­ing an­other trip but it wasn’t good enough.

“She’s done re­ally well since her lat­est win but we have de­cided to give her a short break and con­cen­trate on an au­tumn cam­paign.

Mys­tic Jour­ney was last sea­son’s top Tas­ma­nian twoyear-old, cour­tesy of her win­ning the Alexan­dra Plate, Alfa Bowl and the $100,000 El­wick Stakes.

This sea­son she has started only once in Tas­ma­nia which was for a first-up win on the syn­thetic in Devon­port in a bench­mark 70 hand­i­cap over 1150 me­tres.

She fol­lowed up with a luckless fifth of 11 at Moonee Val­ley in a three-year-old fil­lies’ race over 1200 me­tres in late Au­gust.

Mys­tic Jour­ney is owned and raced by Wayne Roser who is one of Trinder’s most prom­i­nent sta­ble clients.

Trinder said the Group 3 Vamos Stakes over 1400 me­tres at Mowbray at the end of the Tas­ma­nian Sum­mer Rac­ing Car­ni­val in Fe­bru­ary was also be­ing con­sid­ered.

“We’ve got plenty of op­tions for this filly and that in­cludes the Vamos Stakes but for now we are only plan­ning her spell and when she comes back into work will de­pend on what races we aim her at next prep.”

TESTS: Pa­teena Arena, right, at the Long­ford tri­als last month.

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