Kurabui back on track after heart issues

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Promising mare Kurabui will return to the ring on Wednesday after suffering cardiac arrhythmia late last year.

It was worrying on Ballarat Cup day last year when Kurabui, who had won four from five in the lead, retired on the straight and was a clear miss, beaten 30 lengths behind now Group 1 winner Lighthouse .

The post-race report was concerning, with Kurabui suffering from atrial fibrillation, his heart beating well beyond normal levels.

“His heart was beating at 200 beats per minute,” said co-trainer Mick Price.

Although atrial fibrillation is not uncommon, Kurabui was a serious case according to Racing Victoria vet Jamie Wearn, who explained the nature of the condition after the race.

“His heart is not beating normally. There are abnormal beats coming from the lower half of the heart, called premature ventricular contractions,” Wearn said.

Thankfully Kurabui has fully recovered and is on track to race at Sandown on Wednesday, although Mick Price does not expect her to take another win.

“She’s cleaned it all up, she’s ready to go. We’ll get her in, there’s a few things against her. She shot the pole, no starts in heavy ground, I think she will need to run.

“Especially if she settles in midfield, they run at Sandown but they don’t win often, it will be bogged down by race 5 and pulled inside, that’s not a good recipe,” said Price.

Price also commented on stable star Ayrton, who finished 7th in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) on Saturday at Eagle Farm.

“Ayrton is good at spelling. They ran 1 minute 21 seconds, and he just can’t run that fast. The first was Alligator Blood which was back to its best, the second was Private Eye. He ran credibly,” Price said.

Price pointed to Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) as a logical target, but plays with the idea of ​​keeping Ayrton at weight for age, suggesting his foot circumference would be better suited.



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