Winter Over for Hissing Sid but 2010 Melbourne Cup Still on the Card

Bill and Symon Wilde’s improving galloper Hissing Sid has had his winter racing campaign cut short, but will return in the spring with the illustrious 150th Melbourne Cup to be his major target.

Five-year-old Golden Snake gelding Hissing Sid is a dual winner of the Listed Warrnambool Cup (2350m) and was ready to take on the Queensland gallopers this Saturday in the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) at Eagle Farm, but will be sent for a spell instead.

Due to remain in the Sunshine State, Hissing Sid will spend a month in the paddock recovering from an eye infection that brought his winter campaign to an early end.

Hissing Sid was able to contest just one Brisbane race when he ran a gallant fourth to Tabulate in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) at Doomben on May 29 before he succumbed to injury.

Connections were hoping to run the gelding in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) earlier in the month to qualify Hissing Sid for the Melbourne Cup, but the plans had to be abandoned.

During his Premier’s Cup run Hissing Sid got dirt stuck in his eye and received vet treatment. His still dilated pupil means he is unable to focus correctly and so rules him out of racing until he heals.

Wilde will bring Hissing Sid back in the spring and is looking at the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) and the Group 3 Saab Quality (2500m) on Victoria Derby Day at Flemington all as possible lead-up runs towards the race of the year, the $6 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) on the first Tuesday in November.

Hissing Sid narrowly missed out on a run in last year’s Melbourne Cup, and Wilde has stated that if it happens again this year they will take advantage of the Consolation Bonus at the 2010 Melbourne Cup Carnival the VRC brought in for the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) and run him in the following Saturday’s feature hoping to take out the $100,000 bonus.

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