It was desperate to watch One For Arthur yesterday at Haydock as he made heavy weather of his race, not traveling well and we were despondent in the unsaddling enclosure, despite seeing Arthur trot up sound.
Thankfully Jaimie asked the vets to check him and he was found to be in atrial fibrillation with an irregular heartbeat. This would explain his running; not able to gallop with any power, and not a case of him being reluctant. I am so grateful to Jaimie for being wise and understanding that this was not Arthur's true running.
By the time Arthur was ready for home his heart rate had dropped and was more regular and we are delighted to be able to report that it is normal this morning.
Obviously we will have him checked fully; we are fortunate that our horses are part of a cardiac study at Edinburgh University run by renowned specialist Dr. John Keen so we have baseline heart ECGs for Arthur, and tomorrow he will be scanned in Edinburgh to get a full diagnosis of his issue.
The Two Golf Widows, Belinda and Debs, have been exceptionally supportive through all of the past twenty four hours and their greatest desire is to do the right thing for Arthur in the short term and long term. He is our hero and our number one priority.