Shya has run her last race

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 05:00 18/07/2014
Jonny Cox
JAMES JUBB
HORSEMAN: Jonny Cox

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Tendon injuries have forced lightly-raced mare Shya into retirement.

She won three of five starts and earned $13,501 in six weeks of racing for Westwood trainers Jonny Cox and Amber Hoffman. Seven-year-old Shya has returned to the Lorneville property of her owners Gaye and Leo Enright. Their son Jason, of Christchurch, also shares in the ownership of the 7-year-old half-sister to Yokozuna (eight wins), Sayonara (21 Australasian wins), Brigadier Scott (10 Australasian wins) and Bit On The Side (Australian and United States winner).

Shya pulled up sore in her off side front tendon after leading and fading to sixth in a heat of the Young At Heart Series at Addington on July 4.

''She was in quite a bit of pain after the race,'' Cox said.

The front near side tendon had signs of wear and tear.

''She's always been a day-to-day proposition and she's done well to get what she did.''

Lite Jagermeister is back in the care of her Tisbury owner Tom Kilkelly after winning eight races in Victoria. Kilkelly trained her for three wins before she was sent to Melbourne trainer Adam Kelly last year.

Hopes of racing her again in the South Island were dashed when she received an open class assessment by Harness Racing New Zealand this month.

Kilkelly was disappointed with the rating because all but one of Lite Jagermeister's wins have been in races carrying stakes of less than $10,000.

Lite Jagermeister would not be competitive against the open class horses, Kilkelly said. He intends to mate her with United States stallion Shadow Play.

Phantom Grin, who ran second in the Kaikoura Cup last year for owners Matt Brinsdon and his mother Anne, of Gore, is in work with Woodend Beach trainer Robert Dunn.

Matt Brinsdon conditioned Phantom Grin before returning him to Dunn this month. Phantom Grin had seven starts for Dunn last season for a second, two thirds and a fourth.

''He went a couple of good races before training off,'' Dunn said yesterday.

''His Kaikoura Cup run was good.''

The Grinfromeartoear gelding has won eight races, including the 2012 Wairio Cup at Winton.

Billy The Bus, another Southland-owned horse in Dunn's team, is starting at Addington tonight. Gear changes have been made since he galloped early and finished eighth at Addington on July 11.

''He worked really good yesterday,'' Dunn said.

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- The Southland Times

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