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UK Weight-Loss Scare For Aust Sprinter Alverta
From the UK, trainer Paul Messara told Sky Sports Radio that Gr1-winning 6YO mare Alverta (Flying Spur-Grilse, by Rahy) arrived in England 40kgs lighter than when she left Australia. Messara noted: "She is bright & happy, but did lose a lot of weight on the trip, a little more than I would have liked so we are spending the next fortnight trying to build her up & get her eating again. She lost about 40 kilos. I was hoping to get over here with a 20 kilo loss. She hasn't travelled that well. She lost 20 kilos on the trip from Scone to Melbourne & the same again on the flight to England. I need to get 20 kilos on her before she races in 3 weeks." Alverta is entered for the Gr1 Golden Jubilee Stakes (6 furlongs) at Royal Ascot on June 19.