Cloud over future of mare Aspiran
RACING: The racing future of flying Rockhampton mare Aspiran hangs in the balance after she sustained a fetlock injury as a consequence of her shock failure at her most recent start at Keppel Park, Yeppoon on October 13.
In finishing a weakening sixth of eight behind King Hunter in an Open Handicap (1000m), it was only the third time during her 16-start career that Aspiran had missed a place.
Aspiran was having her first outing following a three-months spell from racing, but her owner, Neil Vagg, said the mare pulled up below expectations.
“She has a problem with her near fetlock and it may be she does not race again. We don’t know at the moment. We are waiting on the full report on the result of X-rays. It is unfortunate but she does have a problem,” Neil Vagg said.
Aspiran (gr m 4, Bagger Vance-Deena Nediym) has been a grand money spinner, winning eight times as well as recording five placings from her 16-start career for a prize purse of $123,600.
She was a sensation as a juvenile through her ability to establish long leads which saw her win three of her four starts in her first season.
Ironically, the only time her colours were lowered as a youngster was on January 4, 2008, at Callaghan Park when another precocious Bagger Vance juvenile in Carry The Clubs beat her narrowly.
Incidentally, Carry The Clubs, the winner of eight of his 15 starts as well as another six placings for earnings of $106,500, went back into training this week with his owner Les Jamieson at Dysart.
Jamieson took every precaution with Carry The Clubs after his surprise first-up defeat at Mackay on October 17 at the hooves of Red Meshach after he learnt his star sprinter slipped at the start.
Central Queensland will have strong representation at Eagle Farm races in Brisbane on Saturday when Alesprit, Proscenium Arch, General Nonsense and Forty Eight Crash are entered to start.
Baralaba-owned Alsprit, an impressive first-up winner over 900 metres at the Gold Coast on October 10, will contest the $80,000 QTIS 3YO (1000m).
Ricky Vale-trained Proscenium Arch is listed to run in the $45,000 NMW (1200m) following his creditable 1.2 lengths fourth of 15 behind Life’s Short at Doomben last Saturday.
“It was a good run. He was just held up in the straight at a vital stage,” Vale said.
Taroom trainer Rodney Hay’s General Nonsense is in the same race with the trainer hoping the gelding adds to his sequence of wins culminating with a last start Yeppoon success.
John Pointon’s tenacious last start Yeppoon Newmarket winner Forty Eight Crash will run in the F& M NMW (1200m) and has her share of weight in 56kg.
At Gladstone races on Saturday, Ferguson Park track specialist Lady In Silk looks ideally placed by trainer Victor Ferris in the Open Handicap (850m).