The racing career of Reliable Man hasn’t officially been called off but the classy import will definitely miss the 2013 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
The Chris Waller-trained galloper announced himself as a Cox Plate contender last month when storming to a big 2 1/2 length win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
But elation quickly turned to fear from the Waller camp as the five-year-old stallion prospect pulled up seriously lame after passing the winning post.
Initial fears were that he would be unable to race again but they have since been quashed.
However, the owners of Reliable Man are negotiating stud deals which could prematurely put an end to his racing career.
Waller said the wheels were in motion to send the dual hemisphere Group 1 winner off to the breeding barn but if he does race on, he won’t be back until the autumn.
“He has bruising to the lower part of his tendon which will take three months to heal so he can’t race in the spring,” Waller told AAP.
Waller has outlined the 2014 Canterbury Stakes and the 2014 George Ryder Stakes as likely goals if the import races on.
Reliable Man won at Group 1 level in France as a three-year-old and also had some strong performances in the UK under former trainer Alain De Royer Dupre.
Last year he ran fourth to So You Think in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes and also finished fourth in the Group 1 KIng George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Many experts believe the grey son of Dalakhani would have been among the favourites had he made it to the Cox Plate.