Immediate plans for star mare are unclear

11:12 AM 06 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Forever Gold
Forever Gold

Immediate plans for star harness racing Queensland mare, Forever Gold are unclear.

The Gr.3 $40,000 Teeny Teeny at TABCORP Park, Menangle on January 18 seems a likely step but connections have taken that event off the table.

Forever Gold has not raced since failing in the Robin Dundee Stakes on November 30 when she locked wheels with Victorian mare Blucolla Tigerpie.

The proven Group One winner was back at the trials last week, finishing second behind stablemate River Shark at Redcliffe over 1780m in a time of 2;01.6.

River Shark led the three horse trial from All Starzzz Shark and Forever Gold as the trio raced in single file before Forever Gold moved up without cover with just under a lap to run.

At the finish, River Shark held Forever Gold by a half neck while the final half was covered in 57.5 seconds.

“Her trial was alright but the Sydney trip is definitely off at this stage. That was her first serious hit-out since the Robin Dundee and she needed the run, she had a good blow after the trial.” Trainer/driver Darren Weeks said.

The main aim for Forever Gold is another shot at the Gr.1 $200,000 Cordina Chickens Ladyship Mile at TABCORP Park, Menangle on March 2, and Inter Dominion Grand Final day.

Forever Gold finished a courageous third in last year’s edition behind Our Sixpence and Torque In Motion after racing without cover in 1;52.6.

“The Ladyship is our main focus although we have nominated her for the Inter Dominion series as a back-up, nothing is guaranteed just yet.

“We will trial her again this week and then reassess, that trial will determine which way we head so it will prove to be a crucial hit-out.

“We’re keeping an open mind with our plans, we’ve got plenty of options on both sides of the border but ultimately Tammy will determine which path we take.”

Forever Gold is the winner of 31 of her 52 lifetime starts while amassing more than $468,000 in prizemoney.

by Chris Barsby

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