Well-earned break for young stunner Recite

TIM BARTON
Last updated 11:19 09/09/2013

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Recite's spring campaign has been put on hold.

The Manawatu Sires' Produce winner was below her best at Whanganui on Saturday and will have a break before she races again.

"She pulled up well enough, but she's going through a massive growth period," trainer John Bary said.

"We will back off her and put her in the paddock for a week or two and monitor her progress. We know we have a good horse, but she needs to catch-up growth wise. She will tell us when she's ready to go again.

"She won't be going to Australia [this spring] and I would say Christchurch [for the One Thousand Guineas] is 50-50.

"There are plenty of races for her around Christmas and New Year and the change of date for the Levin Classic [now scheduled to be run at Trentham in January] might be ideal."

Recite was unbeaten as a two-year-old, but was defeated by Bounding at Taupo last month, when resuming, and battled into fourth, behind Orbity and Fantastic Honour, in the fillies race (1200m) on Saturday.

Wairarapa three-year-old Cauthen also suffered a setback when failing in Melbourne on Saturday.

Cauthen was a $3.50 favourite for a listed three-year-old 1400m at Flemington but dropped out to finish 12th and a veterinary examination showed he had the thumps.

"I was shocked," trainer Andrew Campbell said yesterday.

"I was pretty confident going into the race. His work on Tuesday had been fantastic, his blood was good and we thought he was going in at his peak.

"The thumps is a bit of a mystery to us but I was up most of the night researching it and it seems that it is usually a one-off.

"He [Cauthen] wasn't distressed at all and seemed as good as gold this morning but we will have him completely checked out by our vet on Tuesday.

"But if we don't find any problems, I think we will carry on with him."

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