Fibrillation Faces Injury Setback

By: Sarah Fortnum
May 19th, 2011

Fibrillation will miss the Group 3 The Roses in Brisbane this weekend due to a foot injury.

The three-year-old filly’s trainer, Tim Martin, decided against sending his filly up to Brisbane for the race, instead choosing to run her in the Nepean Engineering Handicap at Rosehill.

Martin is hoping that Fibrillation will have recovered in time to run on Saturday, with the filly’s major aim being the Group 1 Queensland Oaks on June 4.

“She had a setback with a foot injury and we’ve been fighting that for the past 10 days,” Martin said.

“Rather than send her to Brisbane for the Roses I decided to keep her here with me and she’ll run at Rosehill and then hopefully head up for the Oaks.”

Martin is hopeful that Fibrillation is over her injury, not wanting to further aggregate the foot by running her before she is fully healed.

“Touch wood, she seems fine now,” Martin said.

“Unless she’s 100 per cent she won’t run on Saturday but at this stage she appears to be 100 per cent.”

While Fibrillation’s main aim has always been the Oaks, Martin will make his final decision about whether or not to go ahead with the plan based on how well she recovers from this Saturday’s race at Rosehill.

“I definitely want to see her run well on Saturday, and most importantly pull up well, and then we can travel to Brisbane for the Oaks,” Martin said.

Fibrillation has won one of her eight career starts and has placed second in both the Group 3 Keith Nolan Classic and the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes.

The filly most recently finished fourth in the $550,000 AJC Oaks at Randwick on April 16.

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