El Segundo may miss Aurie's Star on Saturday
By Rob Burnet ThoroughBRED Racing
The Colin Little trained El Segundo may miss Saturday’s $100,000, listed, Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Moonee Valley after the star galloper was discovered to have a foot abscess at track work at Caulfield on Wednesday morning.
“It is a bit disappointing,” said Little.
“He is sore and could not work this morning. It is a bit ambitious to think he can gallop tomorrow.
“If he does not gallop tomorrow then I will not accept for the Aurie’s Star.
“He was going to run on Saturday, even with the big weight.
“We will have to look at where we will go, with the Liston next week the first preference.
“He might have a gallop at Moonee Valley on Saturday as he recovers from racing there quickly,” he said.
Little said that El Segundo, the winner of last season’s Group I Australian Cup and second in the Group I Tattersalls Cox Plate at Moonee Valley last year, has had foot problems in the past, but he was presently in better condition than previous campaigns.
“It is just the way it is with racehorses,” he said.
With the field in the Aurie’s Star restricted to 10 plus four emergencies there will be no shortage of replacement runners for El Segundo.