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Plenty Of Bite In Fanatic For Te Rapa Feature
Graeme Sanders has the photographic evidence of a nasty leg wound from a spider bite that led to the abandonment Fanatic's (Shocking) spring Cups campaign in Melbourne, reports NZ Racing Desk. It's a souvenir he'd rather not have but the Te Awamutu trainer is hoping a bold performance from the New Zealand Oaks winner in tomorrow's Gr2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa will help ease the pain. "I've got the photo on my cellphone. The vet took the hair off her just below her fetlock and you can clearly see the spider bite," Sanders said. "Her leg just blew up - there was swelling and soreness - it was a pretty painful thing to happen to her. She lost a lot of weight, about 25 kilos." The spider bite was sustained on the eve of the Caulfield Cup (2400m) and forced Fanatic's scratching from the race. After initially recovering in Melbourne, Fanatic returned to Sanders' stable at Te Awamutu before spending 10 days at Gordon Cunningham's Curraghmore property. "She's put on a lot of weight and she looks good. We're really happy with her," said Sanders, who trains in partnership with his daughter Debbie Sweeney. "She needs to race because we want to have her ready for the City Of Auckland Cup. She perhaps needs to race next week as well. We'll decide that after we see how she goes on Saturday." He added: "We've checked her out and there doesn't seem to be any ongoing issue. Her blood's all good and we think she'll go a nice race."