Classy colt Nordic Empire is expected to be scratched from the 2014 Magic Millions Classic after being found to be suffering from muscle soreness on the Gold Coast this morning.
Trainer Mick Price has not officially ruled Nordic Empire out of contention for the $2 million event on Saturday but fears that the Wilander colt has suffered a torn gluteal muscle or a hamstring and sent the two-year-old for scans tomorrow.
The results of the scans will not be known until tomorrow morning and Price informed Racing Queensland stewards that he will wait until then before making a decision on whether to push on with the colt who won in impressive fashion on debut.
Price will now likely be without Nordic Empire but still has a chance to record his maiden win in the Magic Millions Classic with Geromayo, who he rated a better winning chance even before the injury to Nordic Empire.
Geromayo has performed well without winning in his three career starts, finishing fifth in the Listed Debutant Stakes (1000m), second in the Magic Millions Clockwise Classic (1000m) at Ballarat and second in the Wyong Magic Millions Classic (1100m) and Price told Racing Victoria that he believes the Charge Forward colt is the dark horse in the field this weekend.
“Geromayo’s drawn a better gate, he’s coping well with everything and he’s improving,” Price said.
“He’s the more bombproof of the two horses, he’s a robust colt and he hasn’t missed a beat.
“He was a fat sort of a colt early days but he’s been very sound so I’ve been able to work him and he’s going somewhere that horse.
“I think he’s the forgotten horse in the race because he hasn’t won but his form is good and he’ll run well.
“He went well at Ballarat, he went well at Wyong and he might break his maiden status Saturday.”
Geromayo is currently on the sixth line of Magic Millions Classic betting markets, along with Nordic Empire and Gai Waterhouse-trained Cyclone, at the attractive odds of $13.
Bjorn Baker-trained Unencumbered remains a clear favourite at Magic Millions Classic odds of $3.60, while there has been plenty of support for Team Hawkes-trained Invisible ($5).
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