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.