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Injury rules Scottish out of spring carnival

Ric Chapman in Latest News 11 Aug 2017
  • Champion mare's job just got easier
Scottish: out of Spring Carnival

Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby has lost one of his Melbourne Spring Carnival contenders with accomplished stayer Scottish sustaining an injury during track work at Arlington.

According to the Godolphin website, the brilliant Scottish has suffered a recurrence of an old fetlock injury and is ruled out of Saturday's Gr 1 Arlington Million in Chicago.

It was a bitter blow, and Appleby told the boss, Sheikh Mohammed, that plans to return to Melbourne with the globetrotting Godolphin star later in the year had also been scrapped.

Scottish finished a rather impressive second to JAMEKA in last year's Gr 1 Caulfield Cup and was also one of eight international invitees for the Gr1 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on October 28 to take on wonder mare WINX.

"It's a real blow," Appleby said from his Newmarket (UK) base. 
"He had been working really well since returning from Royal Ascot in June, and the trip to the States was very much a prelude to spending the Australian Spring in Melbourne.
"But that's all off the agenda now. The good news is that long-term the prognosis is good. All going well, he should be right to race again early next year in Dubai.
"It is his near-fore, the same leg that caused him to miss the Gr 1 Mackinnon at Flemington last November.   
"He breezed at Arlington this morning (Thursday) and was found to be lame when he cooled down."

Godolphin still have the great HARTNELL on track for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups - but Scottish was shaping as their best hope until this.

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