Peter Moody’s Queensland Derby winner Brambles and the promising Gai Waterhouse-trained filly Driefontein have both been ruled out of the Sydney and Melbourne Spring Racing Carnivals for 2012.
Savabeel gelding Brambles, who won their last three races on the trot during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival including the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m), was shaping up as a genuine spring cups prospect for Moody as a four-year-old.
Earlier this month however they suffered a serious bout of travel sickness when transferring from Brisbane to Sydney and failing to make an adequate recovery, have now officially been ruled out of a late season return.
While confident Brambles will be back fighting fit for the autumn, Moody is taking the softly softly approach with them.
“We’ve assessed him for a couple of weeks and although we’ve been pleased with his condition we just thought that rather than push on,” Moody said.
“The weather’s turned, so we’ll get him out and get a bit of spring on his back and just aim him at the autumn.”
Driefontein meanwhile is also back in the paddock after running second to Golden Slipper runner-up Snitzerland in her three-year-old debut in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on August 13.
Winner of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast upon protest over her stablemate No Looking Back during the summer, Fastnet Rock filly Driefontein has already amassed over $1.4 million in prize money and was being prepared for the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield Racecourse on October 17.
Not suffering from any injury or career-threatening setback, connections said she simply hadn’t settled back into the stables at Tulloch Lodge and needed at least another month and a half to continue to mature before a summer – autumn campaign in Sydney.
There is still plenty of talent getting around this spring, a number of notable hopefuls either returning or continuing their spring bids at Rosehill and Caulfield this Saturday.
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