A minor injury setback will see the Barry Baldwin-trained Havatryst miss out on the Listed Keith Noud Quality Handicap at their home track at Eagle Farm this weekend, but Baldwin is confident the in-form four-year-old will be back to full fitness in time for the 2011 George Moore Stakes.
The $200,000 Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) is the third last Group status race running in Brisbane for 2011, the final being the $150,000 Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) and the $150,000 Group 3 BJ McLachlan Plate (1200m) at Doomben Racecourse on New Year’s Eve, Saturday December 31.
Cancelled last December the George Moore Stakes, registered as the Summer Stakes, will run this year at Doomben on Sunday December 4.
It is the opening race of the three-event Doomben Summer Series Triple Crown that continues with the $200,000 Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) on December 24 and culminates with the $200,000 Listed Bernborough Handicap (1615m) at the New Year’s Eve meeting.
Foreplay gelding Havaryst was one of 23 horses nominated for the $100,000 Listed Keith Noud Quality Handicap (1200m) running this Saturday, but will not be accepted after Baldwin noticed they were suffering from tenderness in their off foreleg.
The leg injury, however, was found to be marginal and Baldwin said that missing the Keith Noud this weekend was only a precautionary measure.
“It appears he may have bumped his leg some time on Monday,” Baldwin said.
“He’s not lame but he’s a bit sore around the cannon bone area in his off foreleg.
“It’s only superficial and I could have pushed ahead and run him Saturday but I don’t want to take any risks and he’ll have few days off.”
It is a small interruption in what has been a sensational season for Havatryst, a winner of both of their Brisbane starts.
After narrowly holding off Liesele in a 1200m handicap at Eagle Farm on October 22, Havatryst was last seen beating home Sway To Go by three quarters of a length in the Simon George & Sons Class 6 Plate (1200m) at Doomben on November 5.
Missing Saturday’s showdown means Havatryst will have a five week break between runs leading up to the George Moore Stakes, but Baldwin remains confident.
“It means he won’t have run for five weeks but there’s nothing we can do about it,” he said.
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