Hussler out of Futurity Stakes
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Caulfield trainer Ross McDonald is not 100% happy with stable star Weekend Hussler and has not accepted for Saturday’s GI Rokk Ebony Futurity Stakes at Caulfield.
Weekend Hussler has been battling a back injury since labouring behind Apache Cat in the GI Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley on February 14 and has undergone a course of chiropractic treatment in the ensuing days.
“We simply weren’t 100% happy with him,” McDonald said.
“He was close to being right, we galloped him yesterday and took him out on to the track again this morning but Les (Weekend Hussler’s regular work rider, Les Beer) wasn’t happy with him so we decided to pull the pin.
"He's responding well to the treatment but we just ran out of time to run him in the Futurity (Stakes).
“If had have decided to push on to the race and keep working him, we were risking further damage as horses try to compensate for their soreness and put pressure on other parts of their body.”
As a consequence of the injury, McDonald also ruled out an overseas trip for Weekend Hussler.
“He probably can’t go now because we have to ease back on him to let him recover properly,” McDonald said.
“There are plenty of other races around for him at this time of the year, he’s still in the Doncaster and there is always the weight-for-age races like the George Ryder and those sorts of races.
“We’ve still got a horse if we ease off on him now and he’ll be right for Sydney.”
Weekend Hussler’s non-acceptance leaves a field of eight in the Futurity Stakes, headlined by the Mick Price-trained pair Alamosa and Light Fantastic and David Hayes’ warhorse Niconero, last year’s Futurity Stakes winner.