Sep 14, 2016

Stunning Equiano mare ORVASSA returned from a 9 month lay-off with a commanding win at Mornington last week. 

ORVASSA has been on the sidelines after fracturing her wither at Ballarat in November last year. "It was great to see her back to her best as her career was very much in doubt after cracking her wither last spring".

"I have never had a horse injure themselves in a swabbing box. They were pulling a pre-race blood from her in the swabbing box and she ended up raring up, tipping over and cracking her wither on a brick shelf. Most horses never recover from these injuries so we were pretty pessimistic about her prospects".

"It has been a big team effort getting her back to full health and fitness. Sally Watkins at Willaroon Farm did a brilliant job rehabilitating her and she looked a million dollars when she returned to the stables".

"She only had the one trial going into the race so she has plenty of improvement to come. She will now head to Caulfield later in the month which will determine the rest of the spring. She just missed out on blacktype as a 3yo filly so hopefully we can get her back into a balcktype race later in the spring. I think she is up to that level especially when she gets out to 1400m".

Congratulations to owner Steve Watkins who bought Orvassa at the 2014 Melbourne Premier Sale.