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Chris Waller’s ace spring contender My Kingdom Of Fife has been withdrawn from the 2011 Cox Plate and the remainder of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnivaldue to a hoof injury.
Imported Kingmambo six-year-old My Kingdom Of Fife, formerly owned by the Queen when racing in Europe, looked in red hot form ahead of the season’s majors when they easily beat home a quality field in the Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) at Randwick last Saturday by a minimum two and a half lengths.
The victory, My Kingdom Of Fife’s fourth Group win from six starts in Australia, was exactly the kind of run Waller had hoped for as he eyed the $3 million Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 22.
Yesterday My Kingdom Of Fife was one of 37 horses paid up for in the Cox Plate third declarations and was one of the top fancies in the Luxbet markets paying $12.
In a blow for Waller and the horse’s connections, however, My Kingdom Of Fife pulled up sore following their win on the weekend and subsequent x-rays on the affected hoof didn’t support continuing on this spring.
My Kingdom Of Fife will be spelled, a devastating decision Waller has made to protect the best interests of his stable forerunner.
“He’s pulled up OK from Saturday, but not 100 percent and I’m not prepared to take the risk and push on towards the (Melbourne Spring) Carnival with him,” Waller said.
“We knew the writing was on the wall after Saturday, but we chose not to believe that he’d pulled up too bad and patched him and took him to the beach for a couple of days and that masked everything.
“But yesterday (Tuesday) morning I wasn’t 100 percent happy and then we got him scanned and x-rayed late yesterday afternoon and only got the results back now to say that’s not 100 percent and needs to be kept.
“If we look after the horse now, I wouldn’t say (he’ll return for) the autumn, but we’ll definitely be there next spring.”
Waller is now without an entry for the lucrative Cox Plate showdown, but still boasts multiple chances in both of the big spring cups.
In the $2.5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), third declarations for which were taken yesterday, Waller still has three stablemates in contention with Sydney Cup winner Stand To Gain, Hawk Island and The Verminator.
The Verminator and Hawk Island handed Waller the surprise The Metropolitan Handicap quinella at Randwick last Saturday, improving their claims for the spring majors.
All three of these stayers were also among the first acceptances for the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m), Waller also keeping the Melbourne Cup 2011 dream alive for eight-year-old Illustrious Blue and last-start Warwick Farm winner King Gladiator.
In the Caulfield Cup futures betting at Luxbet Hawk Island and The Verminator are paying $31 with Stand To Gain a $151 roughie in markets lead by clearcut favourite December Draw ($2.80).
Hawk Island is the shortest-priced of Waller’s contingent in the Melbourne Cup odds at Luxbet paying $21 followed by The Verminator ($41), Stand To Gain ($61), King Gladiator ($101) and Illustrious Blue ($151).
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