The Cox Plate 2012 has been taken off the cards for the Chris Waller-trained My Kingdom Of Fife who, after failing to fully recover from an ongoing leg injury, will bypass another Sydney and Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival season.
The Group 1 winning veteran, formerly raced in the UK and owned by the Queen of England, injured their hoof in October last year after their big two and a half length victory over Shootoff in the Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) at Royal Randwick.
While not life threatening the injury did prevent the Kingmambo seven-year-old from heading to Victoria for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, and it also saw them ruled out of the autumn features this year.
A winner of their opening three starts down under last April – May including the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m), the talented gelding was on track for a new season return this spring.
Waller was originally keen to target Australasia’s weight-for-age championship with My Kingdom Of Fife labeling the $3.5 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Saturday October 27 as their ‘grand final’ assignment.
Plans to race in the 2012 Cox Plate, for which My Kingdom Of Fife was rated an early $41 chance in through bookmaker.com.au, have since been shelved however with the horse failing to make a 100 percent recovery.
Sydney Premiership winning trainer Waller is adamant their career isn’t over entirely but has decided to send My King Of Fife back to the paddock for the rest of the year.
“It’s not serious but I’m still not happy with it,” Waller said.
“I don’t think he would stand up if we put him under too much pressure. I just want to give him more time.
“He had a couple of gallops and there was still a bit of activity there. I’d rather give him a bit of extra time.”
Despite the blow of losing My Kingdom Of Fife from his spring carnival arsenal Waller still has plenty of talented gallopers on way to some of the majors.
Three of the horses he is most excited about are all tracking towards elite levels on Epsom Handicap Day at Royal Randwick on October 6, 2012.
Up and coming four-year-old Refuse To Bend will target the $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m), his Group 3 winning Fastnet Rock filly Jade Marauder is eyeing the $400,000 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) while Randwick Guineas runner-up Said Com will head towards the day’s marquee event – the $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m).
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