April Rose off track until at least March

SMART sprinter April Rose has gone for an immediate spell following her uncharacteristic flop at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

Trained at Wagga by David Heywood, April Rose turned in the worst performance of her career to finish tailed off at the rear of the field beaten 11 lengths.

Stewards reported a post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to have significant mucus which may have affected its performance.

Heywood said April Rose will be spelled to at least the end of February before targeting a race in the Wagga Gold Cup carnival.

April Rose has won six of her 10 career starts for $70,000 in prizemoney.

THE Murrumbidgee Turf Club will hold its annual Ted Ryder Cup meeting on Tuesday.

The meeting has attracted 124 nominations for the seven race card.

The $25,000 Ted Ryder Cup is the feature race and one of the highlights on the Southern District Racing summer calendar.

The feature race has attracted some handy local performers including the Brian Cox-trained Full Hand and He’s An Angel.

Wodonga Cup winner Jetconi, Berrigan Cup winner Regular Aussie and the Brett Cavanough-trained Prince Pedro are also among the nominations.

Cavanough has also nominated exciting three-year-old The Monstar for the $15,000 3YO Country Plate (1200 metres).

The Monstar has created a huge impression to remain unbeaten in three career starts including an arrogant 3½-length demolition of his rivals at Albury on Saturday.

LEADING Wagga jockey Andy Bloomfield is nearing a comeback after an injury riddled 18 months.

Bloomfield is back riding track work and is eyeing a return to racing at Tumut on Boxing Day.

The 2010-11 Southern District premiership winning jockey has been sidelined from racing after breaking his arm and suffering several complications during his recovery.

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