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Thumps Explains Cauthen Flop

Tuesday, 10th September 2013

Star New Zealand colt Cauthen (Darci Brahma-Minori Express, by Green Line Express), who turned in the worst performance of his career at Flemington last Saturday, has been subsequently diagnosed as suffering from the thumps, reports NZ Racing Desk. Synchronous diaphragmatic flutter (SDF), more commonly known as the thumps, is so called because of the thumping noise horses generate from their abdomen. The condition is usually present in horses that have an electrolyte imbalance and significant fluid loss after exercise. "It's just one of those things that can happen in racing," trainer Andrew Campbell said. "He's come through the race well and we've worked him and he's eaten everything." Campbell added, "We've been in contact with a vet and we're just going to carry on as normal, although it was a shock. We had his blood done last week and he was great so we were very disappointed." Cauthen is scheduled to make his next appearance in the Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) on September 29 en route to the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 12.

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