Should Monbet take his place in the Dominion, he won’t have to contend with Habibti Ivy.
The latter has been retired and is heading to stud this season, probably to Father Patrick, says her trainer, Paul Nairn.
“She had six months out and started jogging in June, but she only lasted two days before I could see there was no point carrying on,” said Nairn.
“She’s always had a piece of bone detached from the pedal bone and while she was never lame on that, it probably contributed to the injury which finished her.”
Nairn could well have three, if not four Dominion starters despite losing Habibti Ivy.
Habibi Inta also had a month off following his success at the Jewels but is quite forward, along with Ronald J, and they could both resume in the Ordeal Cup.
Wilma’s Mate has just begun fast work and will target either the Canterbury Park Trotting Cup or the Banks Peninsula Trotting Cup the Sunday prior.
The TAB’s early market for the Dominion had The Foot Tapper at 15s but he’s not even in work and is probably finished, although a comeback might be attempted later.
Last year’s Dominion runner-up in just his 20th start as a five-win horse, The Foot Tapper has always carried an issue and wear and tear quickly got the better of him.
Nairn does however have Quevert, also owned by Culverden’s Marty Smith, coming back from an injury and he’s begun fast work after last being sighted when recording his sixth win in Auckland in April last year.
“Quevert seems good although he would probably be my worse chance of lining up in the Dominion after being away for so long.”