Glimmer to start last campaign despite injury scare
UPDATE, 12.30PM: Scott Henley has backflipped on his decision to withdraw Glimmer from racing at Grafton today.
The Grafton trainer informed The Daily Examiner trackside at Clarence River Jockey Club that the mare would indeed race and therefore start what is expected to be the last campaign of her career before being put out to foal, potentially with champion sire Fastnet Rock.
The six-year-old veteran of 31 starts for two wins has drawn barrier one with Ryan Wiggins in the saddle for race six on the Tradies Race Day program at 3.05pm, the Ken Gill Painter & Decorator Class 2 Handicap.
CLASS 2 HANDICAP: Less than a year since her biggest win at Ramornie Handicap Day in last year's July Carnival, a late injury has stopped Glimmer in her tracks from beginning her final campaign.
Glimmer was set to run in race six in today's meet at the Clarence River Jockey Club, but has been a late scratching due to a leg injury.
Grafton trainer Scott Henley is disappointed that it will be the mare's last campaign after a stellar career including two wins and 10 placings.
"She's been a beauty," Henley said. "She'll be a big strong gross mare," he said about Glimmer's retirement.
After this final season, Glimmer will be leaving racing to foal with Snitzel, a retired racehorse who has won more than one million dollars in prize money. Alternately, she could potentially foal with Fastnet Rock who only recently set the world alight when one of his foals sold for $1.975 million in New Zealand two years ago.
Fastnet Rock has become a prolific breeding horse whose best progeny include four time Group 1 winners Atlantic Jewel and Mosheen.
Henley has been preparing Glimmer for her last campaign for the last three months and is hopeful she will finish her career in the winners circle.
Henley has been training Glimmer since the Patinick Farm dispersal sale in 2014, where local connections made a spur of the moment purchase that has had a brilliant return.
"She's a tireless old warrior," Henley said.
"He's got more than his $7000 that he paid for her," he said about her owner's return on the purchase.
Henley said when Glimmer won on Ramornie Day last year she was backed from 16-1 to 8-1.
Glimmer pulling out of the race will leave the gate open to race favourites Steve's Surprise and Simbah who should get clear runs to the post with only each other to contend with.
Henley will be racing another horse today with seasoned campaigner and former metropolitan runner Kentucky Turf, who is bred to sprint but hasn't run since September, 2014.
Kentucky Turf, who hasn't had any match practice for more than 570 days, isn't expected to do well because of his lack of training.