Breath­ing ex­er­cises do the trick

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On - By DEN­NIS RYAN

Breath­ing ex­er­cises are well known for their ben­e­fi­cial ef­fects on re­lax­ation and var­i­ous forms of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

But how many of you knew that they could also be ef­fec­tive in horse rac­ing? In the case of the Mike Moroney- Chad Orms­by­trained race­mare Flav­i­gny, they were the se­cret to a ca­reer-high win the $50,000 Wairarapa Thor­ough­bred Breed­ers’ Stakes at Tauherenikau on Mon­day.

The big grey, who races in the colours of her co-breed­ers Wind­sor Park Stud, would have a bet­ter record than four wins from 17 starts if not for res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems. At an early stage it got to the point that she re­quired surgery on her lar­ynx and as an im­por­tant part of sal­vaging her

‘‘All go­ing well she’s got more wins in her but first we’ll get her home and as­sess her.’’

An­niver­sary Hand­i­cap at Tren­tham last month, he made a se­cond trip to the bot­tom of the North Is­land worth­while when he came up with an­other smooth ride in Mon­day’s big event.

‘‘It’s a great re­sult for ev­ery­one in­volved, for the hard work that ev­ery­one has put in at home and for her own­ers who have been very pa­tient,’’ said Bal­ly­more Sta­bles’ rac­ing man­ager Nick Fairweather.

‘‘All go­ing well she’s got more wins in her but first we’ll get her home and as­sess her. It could be that she might do with a let-up, but Mike and Chad will work that out.’’

Now that she has stepped up to black- type grade, a race that might be on the radar is the Gr. 1 Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thor­ough­bred Breed­ers’ Stakes, a pop­u­lar tar­get for the pick of the coun­try’s best race­mares and sched­uled for April 9 at Te Aroha.

Flav­i­gny and Mark du Plessis get it to­gether for vic­tory in the Wairarapa Thor­ough­bred Breed­ers’ Stakes.

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