Heathcote puts health scare behind him

By: Mark Oberhardt Tuesday 28 January 2020

Eagle Farm trainer Robert Heathcote has put a health scare behind him and is ready to continue his recent momentum on the track.

Heathcote was back at track work on Tuesday morning after undergoing heart surgery on Saturday.

"Medicine these days is amazing. I had a stent put in four days ago but here I am and I feel terrific," Heathcote said.

"I was short of breath at Doomben last Thursday and went to see my doctor who sent me for some tests.

"Before I knew it I was on the operating table. It is a case for all people to note - listen to your body.

"I felt something was wrong and did something about it. The good news is everything else is fine and working properly.

"But I have avoided a possible heart attack or stroke."

Heathcote has had one of his best seasons and has felt new interest in recent months.

"I had more air in my tyres and the results have been there," he said.

One of his most pleasing results was Cool Chap's win at Eagle Farm two weeks ago.

Cool Chap had not won for two years but Heathcote is confident the gelding can back it up in the Open Handicap (1800m) on Saturday.

"The 1800 metres is ideal for him at this stage of his campaign. I really like him on Saturday provided he draws a half decent barrier," Heathcote said.

He has also nominated Our Mantra for the same race but the gelding may instead start in a restricted class event.