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Despite being at the peak of her career age-wise, Clarry Conners’ smart filly Assail has been forced into early retirement due to rare throat condition.
The daughter of Charge Forward out of Redoute’s Choice mare Emanday won’t get the chance to race as a three-year-old having officially been retired before her new season debut.
A winner of two of her four career starts, Assail will be put up for sale by connections as a brood mare after attempts to rectify an uncommon throat problem have been unsuccessful.
“She has had two operations but they can’t fix it so she won’t race again. The vets tell me they only see one of these a year,” Conners told AAP.
“They say it could be caused by hay or something else getting caught in the epiglottis and infection setting in.
“She can run around the paddock just fine but under the pressure of a race she just can’t get enough air down.
“She is just not competitive as a racing proposition so I am trying to find a buyer to get the best for the owners who were very patient with her.
“She is also in the brood mare sale at the end of the month.
“It’s a shame because she just has so much talent.”
Assail debuted at Warwick Farm with a win last November.
She made a name for herself soon after however when, 40 days later, she went to Wyong and took out the $200,000 Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1100m) by an easy three lengths.
It was a solid effort too as she overcame barrier 12 of 12 in the December classic to win.
She didn’t race again until March this year when failing to make an impression in a sixth place finish behind the John O’Shea-trained Romantic Moon in the Group 3 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm.
Her race return was delayed by a couple of months due to a stone bruise which ruled her out of the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast in January when she was scratched on the race morning as the hot favourite.
Assail’s swansong race as it has turned out to be was then a seventh behind Scandiva when defeated two and a half lengths in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 30 with Craig Williams in the saddle.
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