New Zealand Cup plans over for Captain Dolmio
A start in this year's New Zealand Cup is off the table for Captain Dolmio. His plans for November's big go have been derailed with an injury to a back fetlock, his Woodend trainer John Dunn confirmed today. This news is a huge disappointment for all concerned but is one of the realities of racing with top horses.
John had been really happy with how Captain Dolmio had returned after the winter and a couple of convincing trial runs suggested that he was really on song heading into his spring campaign. However, a week out from his planned first target, the Maurice Holmes Vase, John noticed that things weren't quite right with the Grinfromeartoear six year old, causing his withdrawal from that race.
While initially pinpointed as a minor foot problem, John felt last week that things were back on track.
"He seemed to be pretty good, but towards the end of the week, he was pretty scratchy again."
"The injury is to his fetlock and means that any spring targets are now out of the question."
"He's too good of a horse to mess around with so we will give him the time that he needs and look for some targets later on."
The news didn't get any better today either with fellow cup aspirant Cullect A Guinness also added to the injured list. He has succumbed to a sesamoid injury that will ultimately end his racing career.
"Its a real bugger," said John.
"He'd been really good in terms of his other injury problems and has finally succumbed to an injury that he had way back when he was a two year old."
With Franco Nelson ruled out of this year's cup some time ago, these latest injuries are a real disappointment for the stable and the connections of the horses concerned.
"We are now down to the likes of Robbie Burns, that will come south this week and Franco Cristiano in terms of our cup chances."
Another horse that is heading south later in the week to contest the Ordeal Trotting Cup at Addington on Saturday is Yagunnakissmeornot.
"She deserves her chance to have a crack down here against some of the better ones."
"I know that her record left-handed doesn't look great with all of her 16 wins having come right-handed at Alexandra Park, but RJ (dad Robert) says that trots absolutely fine our way around too."
There are strong nominations for the Ordeal Cup with Friday's impressive winner Harriet Of Mot sure to start a warm favourite.
Posted: Mon 11 Sep 2017