Thursday, July 21, 2016
Very sadly, we have to report that Indira has picked up an injury which rule her out for the remainder of this season.
Heat in her near foreleg has revealed the early signs of a tendon injury, which is relatively minor at this stage but would only worsen if she remains in full training. An injury of this kind usually requires a year in recovery and plans for her future are still being discussed by her owners.
Whether she returns to training eventually or not, we have plenty to thank Indira for. Through four seasons in training to date, she has notched six wins which have been backed up by eight second-place finishes and five thirds – a record which is testament to her consistent and genuine nature. This season has been her best to date. Since 19 March, her form figures read 1-2-1-1-1-2-4 with her handicap rating being raised by 22lbs during that time.
Her most recent start, when beaten less than two lengths for fourth in a valuable fillies' handicap at Ascot, was perhaps her best to date off a mark of 90. The handicapper certainly thought so as he put her up another 2lbs for not even finishing in the first three!
We had hoped to run Indira in the Shergar Cup and to look for some black-type opportunities before the end of the season but those plans have now been scrapped, which is disappointing for everyone involved in this lovely mare, especially her owners in the Severn Crossing Partnership.
Special thanks to them for persevering with her through four seasons, to Lucinda McClure who rides her every day, and also to Josephine Gordon, who has struck up such a successful partnership with her on the racecourse. We'll keep you posted once a firm decision has been made regarding her future.