It’s been a long road back to full fitness for Mighty Aslan but his trial at Avondale last week was a joy to see for his team of dedicated rehabilitators.
Mighty Aslan had a run in with a fence as a two-year-old and, while that healed, the wound continued to weep, making surgery necessary. This held him up with skin grafts which took a considerable amount of time to take and grow, holding him up until his four-year-old year.
Trainer Stephen McKee is rapt to have him on the track “He’s a horse of real ability and has shown he can really gallop. He is a real dude and both the stable and owners knew we had to do whatever it took.”
What it took was the nearly two years of rehab. “Hats off to Alison Henry at Maara Grange who really put the hard yards in with him. She really cares and does a fantastic job” said Syndicate Manager Albert Bosma.
His trial at Avondale delighted his connections. “He just looked fantastic and his action was lovely and smooth. Even though he missed the start by eight lengths he caught the field and just blew out at the end.”
Most importantly he has come through sound as a bell and he’s a happy horse to be back on the race track. “He will trial again on the 4th of December before debuting and we think he is a stayer of real promise.”
Rising star Eridani has been marked as one to watch by the Go Racing team.
Albert Bosma, Racing Manager, picked her out right from the start at the 2017 Karaka yearling sale. “She’s by Makfi and out of Gould and the spitting image of our Group 1 and Karaka Million champion Ruud Awakening so we just had to have her. She was purchased for a modest $85,000.”
Trainer Stephen Marsh was similarly taken with her at first sight and having had his career break through with Ruud Awakening, was keen to have her in his stable.
Easily and unsurprisingly unshackled of her maiden status last start, the three-year-old races tomorrow at Ruakaka in the rating 65, 1200 metres in just a seven horse field.
Says Stephen, “Eridani has come through her last race in terrific order and I couldn’t be happier with how bright she has been since that race.”
“It was an impressive effort at Waipa and after putting a couple of lengths on the opposition at the top of the straight, it actually turned-out to be a pretty soft win in the end. Great to have her maiden victory under her belt and we can now look forward to the rest of the current campaign.”
“If she wins at Ruakaka tomorrow and wins it well, we could then possibly lifting our sights and give her a chance to race for some black-type. At Ellerslie on the 8th of December there is the $70,000 Group 3 Bonecrusher Stakes over 1400 metres and this could be a good opportunity to pick up some valuable black-type.”