Ihtsahymn farewells WA

WA Group 1 winner Ihtsahymn will undergo a revitalisation program with Victorian trainer Patrick Payne before embarking on a maiden Melbourne spring carnival assault.

Oakland Park Stud syndicate manager Neville Duncan said the millionaire galloper had a six-week spell at his North Jindong property before he was sent to Payne’s training centre at Plumpton, 30km north-west of Melbourne.

Ihtsahymn went through a strenuous three and four-year-old campaign for Ascot trainer Fred Kersley, starting 16 times over 14 months at Ascot and Belmont Park.

The son of Ihtiram’s breakout season was in 2013-14 when he won the Group 2 WA Guineas, Group 1 Kingston Town Classic and Group 2 Cox Stakes in the spring, before returning for runner-up finishes in the Listed Lex Piper Stakes, Listed JC Roberts Stakes and Group 2 WATC Derby, along with a victory in the Listed Melvista Stakes.

He experienced cardiac arrhythmia first-up in the Birthday Stakes last October and was then below his best in the Railway Stakes, Kingston Town and Perth Cup.

“He had six weeks here before he went to Paddy’s,” Duncan said. “He had a hard slog. We raced him more than we do with most of our other horses.

“So we thought it would be a good idea for him to have a good spell for three months.

“He will go back into light work and may work up to the jump-out stage before he goes for another freshen-up again.

“He will then be put back into serious work, hopefully fresh in his mind, back for the spring in Melbourne.

“We are not saying he will be looking at the biggest races because there are a lot of small biscuits available.

“His future here is finished because of his high rating.

“It is particularly difficult for horses who are in the middle-distance range in WA.”

Meanwhile, breeder-owner Bob Peters is contemplating extending Delicacy’s autumn campaign into South Australia.

“The logistics of getting to Adelaide are a big problem,” Peters said.

“She is nice and relaxed, grazing in a paddock at home now. We will think about it this week and see.”

Robert Edwards

West Australian Newspaper

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