Partyon after a previous Auckland win. Photo: Trish Dunell.
One of the more favoured runners for Saturday’s $150,000 4YO Diamond at the Harness Jewels, Partyon, has been stood down by stewards after being pulled up at the Pukekohe workouts on Saturday.
In the hands of driver Brent Mangos, Partyon stopped to a walk a lap out and failed to complete the heat.
A subsequent veterinary examination confirmed she had suffered an atrial fibrillation and the Racing Integrity Unit has stood her down, pending a veterinary clearance.
Co-trainer Mark Purdon has resolved to get an ECG taken midweek to determine if she is fit to run in the Diamond.
Partyon, a multiple Group 1 winner, has only just returned from a prolonged Australian campaign in Dean Braun’s stable and the Harness Jewels is intended to be her career swansong.
In other Jewels news, $150,000 2YO Diamond entrant Kendra has been scratched by trainers Greg and Nina Hope this morning after tests revealed a blood disorder.
Northern filly Linc’s Bute Girl, drawn gate two, will now make the field off the ballot.