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Final Touch Fighting For Life

Wednesday, 5th March 2014

Last season's champion New Zealand sprinter Final Touch (Kashani-My Lydia, by Umatilla) is facing a fight for survival after suffering a serious leg injury on the weekend, reports theinformant.co.nz. The 6YO mare faltered about halfway through a gallop with stable-mate Arietta at Cambridge on Sunday morning when being ridden by her co-trainer, owner and breeder Karen Parsons. "She's shattered her cannon-bone in her near foreleg," said Parsons. "At first I was quite relieved when I realised it wasn't a broken leg but I knew it was serious. She's made a real mess of the leg and we're battling to save her. The vets say it all depends on the first two weeks. Fortunately it hasn't misplaced and the vets can't believe it." She added, "The leg has been bandaged and she's tranquilised and we've got to hope she's going to be a good patient. She wasn't eating, but last night [Monday] she ate up." Final Touch climbed to the top of New Zealand sprinting ranks last season when landing three Gr1wins in four starts - namely the Captain Cook Stakes, Telegraph Handicap and Waikato Draught Sprint. Despite winning twice this campaign, including the Gr2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes at Pukekohe, the Parsons have battled niggling problems with her over the last few months. "Never did I think that last Sunday was going to be the last time I would ride her in work...it's a shame it's ended this way but I've got to keep thinking of the plusses. I've got to count myself lucky to have a mare like her and now another one like Arietta. She's not a superstar like Final Touch but she's a handy mare." Final Touch won 18 of her 51 starts, including 8 black-type victories, for NZ$801,776 in prize-money.

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