Grahame Begg’s classy middle-distance galloper Ilovethiscity has been ruled out of the remainder of the Sydney and Melbourne Spring Racing Carnivals due to a minor leg injury, and has been withdrawn from Saturday week’s 2011 Epsom Handicap.
In an unlucky turn of events for connections, four-year-old Magic Albert stallion Ilovethiscity has sprained their leg, scans revealing no tear but with fluid behind the tendon Begg had no option but to send the horse to the paddock.
Ilovethiscity requires no surgery with a simple spell all that veterinarians have recommended, Begg predicting them to make a full recovery in time to return for the autumn carnival next year.
Ilovethiscity was being prepared for their spring grand final, the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 22, and was also on-track to race in the $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Royal Randwick on October 1.
2011 Epsom Handicap Odds
Begg had also put in a surprise nomination for Ilovethiscity in the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day in November, a race superstar sprinter Black Caviar is expected to defend her title in.
Winner of the Randwick Guineas in the autumn, Ilovethiscity had had three runs this season including their eye-catching second being Sincero when beaten only a quarter of a length in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on September 17.
There promising start to the season saw them well-liked in the Epsom Handicap odds at Luxbet sitting as the $8.50 third favourite behind Sincero ($3.80) and the fellow Begg-trained Secret Admirer ($5).
With Ilovethiscity ruled out, odds on the two top fancies in Epsom betting are sure to shorten.
Stephen Farley’s talented Umatilla gelding Sincero will go straight to the Epsom after winning the George Main Stakes while Group 1 winning mare Secret Admirer runs at Rosehill this Saturday.
Coming off two close seconds including behind Sincero in the Group 3 Tramway Handicap (1400m) at Warwick Farm on September 3, Secret Admirer is engaged for the $175,000 Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m).
In the latest Shannon Stakes odds at Luxbet, Secret Admirer is the firming $2.35 favourite to defeat the likes of Brett Partelle’s Torio’s Quest ($4.4) and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fast Clip ($4.60).
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