Having recovered well from what was a second episode of cardiac arrhythmia, the promising three-year-old Star Of Michelin has been passed fit to continue his winter campaign.
Trained by Stuart Kendrick and owned by Showtime Breeding, the gelding was an impressive barrier trial winner at the Sunshine Coast on May 5, beating Red Stiletto by 3-3/4 lengths in 1:19.05s, which was the fastest time of the three 1270m-heats.
Rated as one of the top three-year-olds in Queensland, in late March Star Of Michelin scored a brilliant win at the iconic Eagle Farm racecourse in Brisbane.
However, he ran a long last in a Doomben benchmark race at his next start on April 11, when a post-race veterinary examination found the gelding to be suffering from cardiac arrhythmia.
Trainer Kendrick was advised that prior to the gelding being permitted to race again he would need to obtain a veterinary clearance and complete a satisfactorily trial.
Given that this was the second occasion on which the horse had suffered cardiac arrhythmia, he would also have to undergo testing under the supervision of a cardiologist, with the results provided to Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) veterinary staff.
Kendrick sent Star of Michelin to the university veterinary hospital for tests, which he subsequently passed..
“They have done all of the tests and he has been cleared of damage,” Kendrick said.
“We trialled him and he won easily and passed the vet’s test.”
“He can run in the QTIS three-year-old race at the Sunshine Coast on Friday week.
“It is a metropolitan meeting and the distance of the race is 1400 metres so he is suited.”
Star Of Michelin could then be set for some black-type races later in the winter.
“It is frustrating but we will just get past Friday week before making any firm plans,” Kendrick said.
Star Of Michelin was bred by the late Ross Cutts, best known as the owner-breeder of former Group 1 winner and champion sire Show A Heart.
Cutts, 78, died in Brisbane last October following heart surgery complications.
Star of Michelin’s stablemate Tarzan is also on the comeback trail, and was given a relatively easy trial when second to Valario over 850m.
Tarzan could resume in the Listed Chief De Beers (1000m) at the Sunshine Coast on Friday week.
The gelding is a track and distance specialist with ten of his 16 wins around the circuit.