HARRY'S SON WITH ROY WAUGH
Nicci Garner: Harry’s Son has died after suffering a heart attack under anaesthetic.
According to trainer Paul Lafferty, the classy Australian-bred son of Haradasun was badly cut into in the Listed Prix Luthier at Deauville on 17 December, a prep run before a second Dubai World Cup Carnival campaign.
The trainer’s website, laffertyracing.co.za, explained: “After settling in fourth position from a good break, as the field entered the first turn two furlongs (400m) into the race, Harry’s Son was severely cut into from behind, completely severing his superficial tendon and damaging the major flexor tendon and tendon sheath of his right hind leg.
“Harry was bandaged on course and sent to the best clinic available, the Grosbois Veterinary Clinic south of Paris. On arrival and after consultation with the attending vet, blood tests were run to establish his suitability for immediate surgery under anesthesia to reattach the tendon.
“As a severe tendon injury, there is not much of a window before the tendon begins to contract so time is always of the essence in such situations. Fortunately, the blood parameters were normal and he underwent successful surgery that night to reattach his tendon and, of course, to hopefully save his life.
“Post-surgery, Harry’s wounds had been recovering well and without infection, always a major concern with severe trauma injuries such as his. On Friday, 6 January, the clinic decided it was time to change the cast and remove the sutures from his injured tendon, a somewhat delicate procedure on a hind leg and requiring a short operation under anesthesia.
“The wound was found to be healing well and the new cast was put in place. However without warning, Harry suffered a cardiac arrest while still under anesthesia. All efforts to resuscitate him tragically failed.”
Lafferty said yesterday: “They couldn’t do the operation with Harry’s Son standing up, and we lost him under anaesthetic. It’s a killer – people die under anaesthetic and horses are twice as susceptible.”
Lafferty continued: “This horse was unique, one of those rarities in racing. He was a noble beast with a wisdom beyond his years and the temperament of an athlete. You could do anything you liked with this remarkable character – he loved to nip and play but when it came down to the job, he was a professional. It was an honour to have been by his side over his racing career.
“It’s so sad, for his owners, Roy (Waugh), who has travelled with him since he left South Africa – and, indeed, the South African breeding industry which has been deprived of an opportunity to share his unique genes. We’re all devastated.”
Top-class miler Harry’s Son, winner of the Premiers Champion Stakes and the Gauteng Guineas as well as second in the Cape Guineas and Dingaans, was sent to Dubai for last year’s World Cup Carnival. He finished second in the Al Fahidi Fort when the winner set a course record but injured a hock in the Dubai Turf and finished 12th.
He only had two runs since, on Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Day when seventh in the Qatar Prix de la Foret (Group 1) and the fateful race at Deauville.