American Tart suffers setback

American Tart suffers setback

With three wins to her name from three race starts, American Tart was confidently expected to deliver in Saturday's Futurity final at Invercargill, however, an atrial fibrillation just 800m into the race put paid to her chances and saw her pulled out of the race by John.

When I talked to John he relayed that the filly had felt super in the pre-race and had given him no cause for concern. Caught wide early she pressed forward and was able to take the lead from the 2200. However, going down the back the second last time, it was soon apparent that there was a major issue. "I knew I was in big trouble. She went from bolting one minute to being all done the next."

"This type of thing is not uncommon," said John "and they can recover very quickly."

"We've had a lot of tests done on her today and everything is back to normal."

While a setback, the plans are firmly on a return to the deep south for the Southland Oaks, before hopefully progressing onto the New Zealand Oaks and then the Harness Jewels.

"She will have a small break, before we get her up and going for Southland."

John was very happy with the runs of the other two stable runners on Saturday in Kotare Yarra and Jag's Invasion. Kotare Yarra was a game 4th in the Group Three feature for the two year old fillies, after leading up, while Jag's Invasion was a top second behind Harriet Of Mot in a race run in a very slick 4.05.3 for the 3200m. He has shown some great signs of improvement since joining the beach stable.

Posted: Mon 14 Mar 2016

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