Patience wins in the end with talented filly
‘‘She was in a bad way and all we could do was box her for the best part of three months and take it from there.’’
Relief was Danica Guy’s dominant emotion when her two-yearold filly Astor made a winning return at Hastings last week.
Back in the spring Danica realised when Astor won her first two trials that she had a rare talent on her hands. The Iffraaj filly was well fancied in her race debut at Te Rapa in November and there was some disappointment when she produced what initially looked like a battling third.
Disappointment quickly turned to dismay, however, when Astor was very lame in a hind leg after the race and subsequent x-rays revealed a stress fracture of the main hip bone, the tibia.
‘‘She was in a bad way and all we could do was box her for the best part of three months and take it from there,’’ Danica recalled after Astor had outclassed her opposition leading throughout over 800 metres at Hastings on Thursday.
‘‘We had to take things very carefully with her but eventually she recovered and we got the allclear to put her back into work.
‘‘I treated this race pretty much as a trial and it was good to see her do it so easily – obviously she hasn’t lost any of her ability. The plan now is to set her for the Gold Trail Stakes back here in September.’’
Astor is another classy performer for her Tirau owner Gary Harding, who also raced another by Iffraaj, Filly of the Year Fix, and has Capella also with Danica Guy. She won the Gr. 2 Eight Carat Classic and finished fourth in the New Zealand Derby at three, but nothing went right in her four-year-old campaign.
The early stages of Capella’s latest preparation are encouraging, however, and she is on target to return to competition at next week’s Te Teko trials.