Special : Suspensory ligament treatment in Roy's era (His Column)
NEWS AND VIEWS
*MARK UPBEAT AFTER THURSDAY WORK -BALLOTTED ALL U NEED IS FAITH WITHDRAWN
*NATALIE'S APPEAL TO BE HEARD MARCH 2-COULD AFFECT AUCKLAND DRIVES*
"NOTHING TO SEE HERE " PARTYON AND PICCADILLY PRINCESS TO STAY IN AUSTRALIA FROM LACK OF LOCAL RACING OPPORTUNITIES (TOP TABLE)
*NATALIE PREVIEWS ADDINGTON, MENANGLE, ASHBURTON (TOP TABLE)-PICKS UP DRIVES IN OAKS AND ON ALPHA ROCK
*BARE KNUCKLE TO JOIN DEAN BRAUN -other new stables (Mark in Aussie Chat)
*HEAVEN ROCKS FLIES OUT TO US FRIDAY
* BIG NORTHERN TEAM HEAD OUT FRIDAY FOR AUCKLAND CARNIVAL (Racing Scene)
*STEM CELL TREATMENT FOR VINCENT CONTINUES IN MATAMATA
i HAVE TO SAY I WAS PLEASED WITH LAZ this morning. We worked him 2400m in 3.12 home in even time and he seems to be pretty good, perhaps close to his best again. He will probably need to be but it is encouraging at this stage of his prep and all that's happened,
The others have done well too and while the draws aren't the best they are ready to run good races.
PARTYON will go to Kerryn Manning after Saturday and PICCADILLY PRINCESS will join the McCarthy stable They will race over here until May probably and then return to New Zealand. BARE KNUCKLE will go to Dean Braun. She didn't have much luck in her Oaks heat and she will have a lot more opportunities over here in filly races.
As I said yesterday ALL U NEED IS FAITH has come out of the Derby field being second ballot. He is being a bit colty this week and will be a nuisance for someone in the detention barn so he is better off here with us and can fly home next week.
HERE AND THERE
ALL STARS AND THE MIRACLE MILE
Mark will be hoping for a second training win in the Miracle Mile on Saturday night and if it happens he will know it has been well earned. So will Natalie. Both could tell you how hard a race it is to win. Bloody hard!. Even by super race standards
All Stars has one on the board thanks to HAVE FAITH IN ME driven by Natalie in his fabulous, record shattering 2016 victory over Lennythshark. But both Mark and Natalie have hard luck stories in other runnings of the race. BLACKS A FAKE posted two second placings for Natalie one by half a head. IL VICOLO was twice second also for Mark. The second time, when he went down to Iraklis in December 1996 they set a mile rate which was never bettered in the race while it was run over 1760m, which it was until 2009.
JACK CADE trained and driven by Mark was second to Sokyola in 2003 and SMOLDA second to Lennytheshark last year when LAZARUS was third and WAIKIKI BEACH 4th. That makes six second placings between Mark and Natalie so perhaps Natalie's strike rate won her the drive this year !
The race is also tougher for New Zealand horses to win than you may think especially given the number of superstar horses we have developed i n the last 20 years. Kiwi-trained horses have only won four Miles this century. Holmes D G won his second in 2000, Monkey King won the first mile race nine years later and Christen Me and Have Faith In Me have scored since.
The other thing about the Miracle Mile- If you are an avid supporter of the Kiwis and you have heart problems-don't watch.
Only one horse has won the race over the mile by more than 2 metres. Which isn't very far. The last three have been won by short half heads (nose to us) or a head and that tradition looks like continuing on Saturday. Only one of the mile races has not broken 1.51 and that was when Smoken UP easily beat Karloo Mick and Imamightyquinn back in 2011. There is no fear of a 1.51 mile this year with 1.47 under threat if we get the fireworks many are expecting,
THE RACING SCENE
LEAVING FOR THE NORTH FRIDAY- Princess Tiffany, Bubbled Up, Jesse Duke, A Bettor Act, The Moonshadow, Elle Mac, Delight in Me, Chase Auckland, Sicario
8.17: Our Wall Street Wolf (7) Natalie's drive in Ladies Invitational
9.45: Piccadilly Princess (9) Mark Ladyship Mile
10.20: All U Need is Faith (7) Mark The Devil's Own (11) Natalie NSW Derby
11.32: Lazarus (10) Natalie MIRACLE MILE
ADDINGTON FRIDAY 5.07: -Dracarys (1) Kayla Marie (2) 6.33: Funatthebeach (4)
ASHBURTON SUNDAY- 12.07 Kingslanding (1) Winterfell (13)) 1.22 Bettor Trix (9) 2.32: A Lister (3) 3.07; Jack Jones (6) Another Masterpiece (5) War Dan Delight (3) - 4.17: Stress Factor (6) Luby Lou (11)
FROM THE TOP TABLE
I have been advised my appeal will be heard on March 2 over my penalty in Melbourne . It may affect Auckland but it is going to affect somewhere whenever it happens
We've had a fairly good week here and Thursday morning was really good from the workouts point of view. We have also made a few decisions affecting the Australian team,
PARTYON and PICCADILLY PRINCESS are staying in Australia to race probably through to May because there are just no suitable races for them here. They have to run against the best of the boys and it is just too tough on them. It's a shame (last year's Jewels winner Piccadilly Princess has had only three starts in NZ this season) but there are just more opportunities over there. BARE KNUCKLE might not be returning either. She is also better off over there in good races she can win though no decision yet on who might be training them . So let/s see how they might go this weekend.
MENANGLE "The Devil's Own and Piccadilly Princess are both give tough draws and they are going to need a good bit of luck to win. They are both well and Mark says Pica is in a good place and she is due some luck. LAZARUS depending on how he worked today is obviously got a job ahead of him from that draw too because they will go so fast and improving in the race won't be easy.
You can't prepare too much for what will happen in the race other than to know your opponents well and know what they are likely to do in a race. Once you are under way it is more instinctive and knowing your rivals is vital then. I have picked up two drives for the Tritton stable, both good horses (Alpha Rock and Ideal Princess) but will know more about them later.
The two fillies in the Sires Stakes, DRACARYS and KAYLA MARIE are much the same in ability and its a small field. I wouldn't like to be too choosy because if one leads and gets moved on and the other is trailing that would be enough to make the difference between them. They have both come on well enough but I will sit this one out!
FUNATTHEBEACH is in a good place, working well. We think he had a good excuse down south last time and he is much better than that and with a reasonable draw. Hard to beat on the night I would say,
KINGSLANDING and WINTERFELL line up against each other in the maiden trot. There is always a query with trotters with no race experience in a big field but they both went well at the Rangiora trials. I might have thought Kingslanding had an edge and he certainly has the draw, but Tim was very happy with Winterfell at the workouts last week so there is not much in it. The ace draw could actually be a test for a first starter too
I think BETTOR TRIX is in with a top chance even from that wide draw. She has bounced back well and Michele was very happy after her workout last week. On her day she is a very good filly. A LISTER is well placed in her race too. We have put the blinkers on and back to this grade she should be improved.
The Sapling Stakes boys are each a little different from one another and the trial form might not be the only guide. ANOTHER MASTERPIECE and WAR DAN DELIGHT are smart young horses and so far they have only done what we have asked of them. So raceday might change things. JACK JONES is a high speed horse and a lot will depend on how Michele is able to place him where he will settle because he can produce a big finish.
STATS AND FACTS
- MILLIONAIRE ALL STARS - 1. Lazarus approx $3.9m 2 Smolda $2,558,5442. 3. Auckland Reactor $1,837,043 4.Adore Me $1,677,032 5 Il Vicolo $1,580,948 6 Have Faith In Me $1,469,492 7 I Can Doosit $1,445,774 8 Young Rufus $1,082,692 9 Highview Tommy $1,021,904 10 Dream About Me $1,002,839
- ALL STARS has topped the $3m in stakes earnings so far this season, Laxarus and Ultimate Machete alone winning over $1.3m in Australia
LEAVING FOR THE NORTH FRIDAY- Princess Tiffany, Bubbled Up, Jesse Duke, A Bettor Act, The Moonshadow, Elle Mac, Delight in Me, Chase Auckland, Sicario.
Ready to Bloom has left the stable and joined Reagan Todd at Woodend
Our take on in form Tim's weekend
*Dracarys-stable drive and workout winner at Rangiora last week. Leading show in small field
*Naturally Good- Murray Edmonds -trained mare with no form
*Funatthebeach-stable drive and working well. Leading chance.
*Arizona Highway-Amber Hoffman trained trotter with each way hope, best day
*Imran Khan.- Amber Hoffman trained trotter whose stars so far are the owners but big chance in this field
*Official Cullen- first start and from ace draw some query but trial form has been good enuff to get some
*Castleton Tui- looks one for longer odds.
*Winterfell-Tim's choice over stablemate here and very good workouts Rangiora. Top chance.
*All Our Mob- Tim drove it to easy workout win last week. Looks smart. Top value
*A Lister -Had a horrid draw last time and will be stronger back here. Each way value
*Another Masterpiece-caught the eye with a strong finish at the workouts. Most underrated Sapling runner ?
*Stress Factor-really come solid since coming south. Will improve but looks a top chance
LEGEND ROY PURDON LOOKS BACK ON THE HORSES AND TIMES THAT MADE HIM FAMOUS
It's a shame the stable of Mark and Natalie are having a bad run with suspensory injuries. They are tricky things to deal with and they vary from bad news to very bad news. But I have to say when I see horses being sent for long spells I think back to how we used to deal with most of them and it was really often the opposite. But things were different then.
For one thing you could blister the leg, which was a normal treatment but you can't do now. Progress is progress but there is no doubt in my mind that blisters did the job and they weren't as bad as some made out. Blisters shortened the time the horse was out of work and thousands of horses survived them fine in that era.
Ideally in the older days you preferred to keep the horse in work unless the suspensory was very bad or beyond repair. I am still not a great believer in nine month spells but I am old school and they do have advanced surgery now (stem cell) which we didn't use for most of my training career,
Horses with tendon and suspensory problems were walked or jogged on a very firm surface such as a sealed road. It kept the right angle to the ground so there was no aggravation to the injury.
I had an example with Hi Foyle which we were training up for the Inter Dominions in 1975. Paul Gallagher had had him mostly for Lex Thomas. He was an iron horse with a big heart but he had a suspensory problem and he had those big races coming up so we had to treat it the best way we could. Spelling him wasn't an option as he was an old warrior and he probably wouldn't have come back from it.
The main thing we did was work on his leg morning and night. Every four hours we changed his iced bandage and sprayed a treatment on which had a similar effect as well. It meant getting up in the middle of the night every night but we kept him sound enough to race. Of course we didn't do much with him between races except continue the treatment. He was a very brave horse and went terrific each night. In fact we thought he was bit unlucky not to win the final even though it was Young Quinn who beat him. He went to stud later. I think he had nearly 100 starts and was a grand old horse.
What we did you couldn't do now really but he stood up to the racing when it was really tough racing so he must have felt all right !
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