Day At The Track

A race against time for Habibti Ivy

09:47 AM 06 Nov 2017 NZDT
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Top trotting mare Habibti Ivy is in a race against time to be ready for next week’s Dominion.

The Rowe Cup runner-up has been struggling in her work since her booming second to Great Things Happen in the Flying Mile at Ashburton last start and trainer Paul Nairn admits he is concerned. 

I haven’t been able to get the work into her I would like,” said Nairn.

“So she is no certainty to make it to Cup week but I will know more in the next few days.” Nairn says Habibti Ivy has a type of bruising on one of her heels and while she may be right by next week he is worried about the work she has potentially missed heading into a hard 3200m of the Dominion on November 17.

 “Its called a sheared heel and it is bothering her in her frog as well.” If Habibti Ivy doesn’t make it to the race Nairn could still have both The Foot Tapper and Wilma’s Mate in the Dominion but the exciting Ronald J definitely won’t be starting after a late gallop cost him near certain victory at Addington last Friday

 “He is being aimed at the Free-For-All on Cup day instead.”

Michael Guerin

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