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Spring Champion Stakes winner Complacent has been ruled out of the entire 2014 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival after suffering a leg injury.
Complacent was set contest races like the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 1 and the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) during his preparation, but according to Darley bloodstock manager Jason Walsh, will now be spending the autumn undertaking a rehabilitation program.
“Darley Australia advise that Group 1 winning colt Complacent has suffered a slight strain to a tendon at pastern level in his near fore,” Walsh said.
“As a result he will not be participating during the autumn carnival and will require a controlled rehabilitation program which he has commenced.”
Complacent made his racing debut with a second place finish behind Tribal Art in the Perfection Fresh Australia Maiden (1300m) at Hawkesbury on July 21, but quickly progressed through the grades to Group 1 level.
The Authorized colt finished second in the Become An ATC Sponsor Handicap (1400m) at Warwick Farm on July 31 and recorded his maiden race win over 1400 metres at Hawkesbury on September 21.
Complacent made his Group racing debut with a narrow victory over Savvy Nature in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) and completed his remarkable rise through the grades with an impressive win in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on October 12.
He was well-backed in the lead-up to the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) and was settled at the tail of the field by jockey Kerrin McEvoy, after drawing an outside barrier, but worked home impressively to finish second behind Polanski.
While the withdrawal of Complacent will come as a blow to Darley they are still a chance of being represented in the Australian Derby by Norman Robinson Stakes runner-up San Diego, who is set to return to the races in the Group 2 C.S. Hayes Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on February 15 before rising to Group 1 level for the Australian Guineas (1600m) at the same venue on March 1.
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