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Sunline continues a slow recuperation


Champion mare Sunline continues to make a slow recovery from the life threatening hoof condition laminitis.

Sunline underwent colic surgery last July after which she developed laminitis and her life was in the balance for several weeks.
Stephen McKee, who trained the mare in partnership with his father Trevor, said she was still not out of the woods.
“She is okay but she is still very slow moving,” McKee said.
“She has still got a long way to go.
“It is something that takes time and there’s nothing you can do to hurry it up.
“But she is bright and happy in herself.”
McKee, who now trains on his own with Trevor retired, is due in Sydney this week with Culminate who will run in Saturday’s Coolmore Classic, a race Sunline won in 2000 and 2002.
He will be back a couple of weeks later to oversee Mufhasa who is being prepared for the Doncaster on April 18, a race Sunline won in 1999 and 2002 and ran a close second in 2000.
She also won two Cox Plates and two All-Aged Stakes in Australia and the Hong Kong Mile to go with a host of big-race wins in New Zealand.
McKee said her yearling foal by Hussonet had been withdrawn from the Easter Sale in Sydney and was likely to be retained to race by the family.

By Caryl Williamson