Desert Flame

Desert Flame

Desert Flame is entered to have her first race for our stable at Canberra on Sunday (Race 5 at 4:05pm). The track is currently Soft 7 and she had a very good sprint up this morning on a wet track so unless Canberra becomes significantly wetter before Sunday, we are happy to start her. She has done so many jumpouts she is not really first up in condition so she should be able to handle the wet track. Shaun Guymer is riding her and has a feel for her after riding her at the last jumpouts. There will be a couple of horses scratched who raced at Gundagai today. She has a good gate and we would like to take up a positive position.

Her video update is above.

Desert Flame

Desert Flame had an improved jumpout over 1000m this morning. Shaun Guymer came down to ride her and he is wearing the Thorotek silks (green with white sleeves) in the video above. She wore the cross over noseband, which she has worn a couple of times at trackwork, and it helped with her breathing and allowed her to finish off better. We asked Shaun to really make her finish off and with encouragement, she ran through the line quite good today. We are just waiting on approval from the vet for her leg and she will be ready to go to the races off today’s performance.

Desert Flame

Desert Flame had a jumpout over 1200m on Monday. Her rider is in the pink colours in the video above. We asked her rider and the rider of our other horse, California August, to ride them out and give them a good hit out.

Desert Flame was quick out of the gates and travelled well to the turn but she faded in the straight. We would have expected her to keep up with our other runner who won the heat. Desert Flame was making a lot of noise in her breathing when she went past the finish line. We already have a tongue tie on her so we had the vet scope her this afternoon to check her throat and airways. They are in perfect condition. Since there is no structural problem, we are going to try working her harder to really get her lungs pumping at trackwork more often and see if it is just a fitness issue since she is such a big girl.

Desert Flame

Desert Flame had an improved jumpout today with the tongue tie on. Her rider is wearing pink in the video above. We continue to wait for the wound on her hind leg to heal before she can go racing but her fitness is improving with each hard gallop and jumpout which will allow us to start her up over 1400m.

Desert Flame

Desert Flame had her first jumpout for the prep this morning at Moruya. Her rider is wearing blue in the video above. She jumped very fast and picked up the bit straight away. She travelled good throughout and just knocked up a bit in the closing stages. She will have a second jumpout on the 7th of September with her blinkers on.

Desert Flame

Desert Flame is back at the stables and started trackwork this morning. Please click above for her video update.

Desert Flame, No Emotion

No Emotion had a good second jumpout this morning and worked to the line well. He is leading in the video above. He will aim to race at Moruya on the 3rd of April.

Desert Flame did not appreciate the very wet track and she knocked up a bit towards the end of the trial. She is on the rail in the video above and finished second. We will give her a second jumpout in a fortnight or a barrier trial on the 3rd of April before she goes racing.