DonnyoneTime On Time For Harding by The Gurkha
The win by Donneyonetime in the Boulder Parts & Towing Handicap (1100 m) was reward for effort for his trainer Helen Harding who has nursed the talented sprinter back from deaths door.
Back in October last year Harding took Donneyonetime down to Albany for a sprint event and while down there he contracted a mystery stomach ailment which almost claimed his life.
The flashy chestnut became so sick he couldn’t eat, suffered from constant diarrhoea and had to be stomach drenched to attain vitamins and electrolytes.
“We almost lost him a few times.” Helen Harding told The Gurkha “I must give the Bunbury Veterinarian Alan McGregor a special mention as he read all of the blood results and recommended how to treat him.”
“It was not dissimilar from the problem that inflicted Vizard and I spoke with George Daly about Donny quite a bit.”
“The poor horse ended up skin and bone but we kept him in the stable and even though his owner Don Winter struggled with the vet bills we pulled through against some suggestions to put him down.”
“There wasn’t a single treatment which turned him around; it was just a gradual process and the horses will to get better.”
“He is now back to his racing weight and the way he won on Sunday showed that he still has that raw speed we all know he possess.”
“There is another race for him up in Kalgoorlie in three weeks’ time. He is getting up in the weights but young Sasha Starley with her claim, rides him so well and hopefully will be aboard when he races next.”
Harding who makes the four hour plus trip from Esperance each meeting is also happy with the way the rest of her team are performing.
“Bull Durham is racing extra well and his third to Donny on Sunday was a great run. He is such a big lazy type who doesn’t over extend himself in track work so he thrives on weekly racing.”
“We will nominate him again this Sunday but he will probably clash with Hazed Vision another of my runners.”
“There is not a lot of her but she continues to race well and will appreciate the three weeks between runs, following her good third to Snuff Gruffles last start.”
“By taking Versaint to Leonora a couple of weeks ago seems to have shaken a bit of urgency into the mare. She failed badly in her first Leonora start and she must have thought she would stay up there if she didn’t put in.”
“Her next run on the Monday was a far better effort when narrowly beaten by Pure Attraction and to finish third on Sunday to Elljay was pleasing.”
“Poppies For Spring could not have been more impressive when resuming and finishing a close second to Wild Champagne a fortnight ago.”
“She had not trialled and will improve fitness wise after that run.”
“It’s getting a bit difficult to train them down here in Esperance at the moment as they have closed the track for a month while they erect a new outside fence. Luckily we got her final gallop in last Saturday and she should go well this Sunday.”
Harding has trained three winners in Kalgoorlie this season but should add to that total in the coming weeks.