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Gai Waterhouse’s Rosehill Guineas winner Laser Hawk won’t back up from their strong autumn campaign this spring, the three-year-old out with injury after undergoing surgery this week.
The Artie Schiller gelding, last seen running third behind upset winner Ethiopia in the Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on Saturday, had a bone chip removed on Monday after being found to be “profoundly lame” on Sunday morning.
A lengthy four to six week recovery came as disappointing news for Laser Hawke’s connections, the Gooree Pastrol Company, who had big spring plans for the Group 1 winning youngster.
“Very disappointing news,” Gooree Pastral Company’s racing manager Andrew Baddock said.
“The vets are saying give him four to six months out and the prognosis is good so we’ll err on the side of caution and give him a six month break.
“There wasn’t that much damage done to the cartilage and the joint so it’s just a time factor now.
“We’ve had nearly 100 percent success with surgeries from REC (Randwick Equine Centre) to go onto future racing so we’re positive about his future.”
A winner of their opening three career starts, Laser Hawk raced in their first Group assignment back on March 17 finishing an eye catching third to Mosheen in the Randwick Guineas over the mile.
They hit the big time next start when beating home the New Zealand-trained duo of Ocean Park and Silent Achiever to win the Rosehill guineas over 2000-metres before their brave third in the Derby, Laser Hawk crossing just one and a half lengths off Ethiopia.
Meanwhile Gai Waterhouse will shoot for her fourth Group 1 win in as many weeks this Saturday with three hopefuls including current favourite More Joyous to face off in the $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Royal Randwick.
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