TWO HORSE RACE NOW
Maldivian gone amiss
Thursday, 19 February 2009
Cox Plate winner Maldivian has suffered a setback and the star galloper has been ruled out of the autumn carnival.
Maldivian galloped at Flemington this morning in preparation for Saturday's Group II St George Stakes but following the gallop it was apparent the horse had suffered an injury.
“We discovered swelling to his near side front suspensory,” trainer Mark Kavanagh said in a press release.
“We had the leg scanned immediately and it showed a small tear.”
Betting agencies across have reacted to the news and have suspended betting in the Australian Cup.
While disappointed the son of Zabeel will not be running as planned in the Australian Cup, Kavanagh said the injury wasn’t career threatening.
“We caught it all early,” Kavanagh stated.
“The injury is of minor significance.
“Maldivian will be rested immediately and set for the spring.”