The immediate future of Australia's greatest ever harness racing pacer is in serious doubt. Four time Inter Dominion champion Blacks A Fake suffered cardiac arrhythmia again this morning (Saturday) in trackwork for trainer/driver Natalie Rasmussen.
His quest for another Inter Dominion title which begins next month in Christchurch is obviously in serious limbo also.
The $4.3 million earner was sensationally eased out of a race last July at Albion Park when he was found to be suffering from the same condition.
"He didn't feel right during his work and it was established he fibrillated again," Rasmussen stated.
"Everything was coming along well for another tilt at the Inter Dominion, most of our plans were in place.......that's obviously been turned upside down now."
Rasmussen is naturally disappointed but remains philosophical about the horse's well being.
"It's shattering news, we're hoping his rhythm will return to normal by the end of the weekend,"
"The vet will come back out early in the week and carry out more tests and then we will get a clearer picture of what our options are before making any predictions about his immediate future,"
"I don't want to start making any statements right now about his future but if it's not good news he will be retired immediately, that's fact and something that all of us connected with the horse realise,"
"Ever since he started his career, his health and well being has always been our number one priority, that has never changed and it never will."
Rasmussen was hoping to trial Blacks A Fake again this week before looking for a race start here in Brisbane.
Blacks A Fake was expected to arrive in Christchurch early next month where he would either race or trial at Addington in preparation for the series which commences on March 25.
ier this week, Blacks A Fake won a 1660m trial at Albion Park defeating in a time of 1.57.9.
Blacks A Fake has not raced since winning the Christmas Cup at Albion Park on December 18.
By Chris Barsby