Boom Rockhampton sprinting mare Aspiran will be off the racing scene for months after recent surgery in Brisbane.
Boom Rockhampton sprinting mare Aspiran will be off the racing scene for months after recent surgery in Brisbane. File

Mundi Gully to take a rest

RACING: Mundi Gully, the game Rockhampton colt who turned in a valiant effort when seventh of 16 to Military Rose in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast last weekend has returned home for a well-earned spell.

Mocked by some southern racing media, Mundi Gully despite travelling extremely wide throughout the Millions, audaciously threatened to run into a place about 250 metres from the finish of the glitzy race.

His effort from 14 barrier in such a star-studded line-up whereby he finished 6.1 lengths away, was clearly beyond expectations.

Remembering that Military Rose won by 3.75 lengths, Mundi Gully crossed the line just 2.1 lengths behind third placegetter Demanding Miss.

Rockhampton jockey Denis Whitmore jumped Mundi Gully away brilliantly but had little or no chance of getting in from wide out and he was duly impressed by the performance.

“It was a gutsy effort. He (Mundi) just kept trying. Even at the 300 metres I thought he was going to cheekily run a hole (place). However, he had covered too much ground but he kept giving his best,” he said.

A justifiably chuffed part-owner, Marlborough’s Ron White replied – “we have a good horse”.

His wife Bev said last night that she too was thrilled by the Magic Millions effort.

“We were very pleased with the run. Mundi is going out to Len Milner’s at Palm View for a good spell. I don’t know just how long he will be out for yet but he came through the Millions run well,” Bev White said.

If you’ve been searching the form guides looking for top Rocky sprinting mare Aspiran, rest easy as that is just what she is doing at Alton Downs.

Owner Neil Vagg said that Aspiran would be off the scene recuperating for some months.

“After her last Yeppoon run (unplaced) some months back we had her checked out but nothing could be found really. Then when she was X-rayed a bone chip finally was discovered in her near fetlock.

“She had it removed in Brisbane the week before Christmas and has been home a short time now. The vet said had we not had it taken out it was in such an awkward position it would have driven her mad as it could not have been treated,” Neil Vagg said.

Aspiran is one of the fastest sprinting mares to have raced in Central Queensland and Vagg hopes she may be back on the tracks by winter.

“We will have to wait and see. We just don’t know yet,” he said.



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