Complacent Ruled out of 2014 Spring Racing Carnival

June 25, 2014

DEPOSIT $100 to get

$250

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50 bet with

$200

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25 to get

$75

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250 to get

$250

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Complacent Ruled out of 2014 Spring Racing Carnival

Despite earlier hopes for a mid-to-late year return, Darley have ruled out Victoria Derby runner-up Complacent from this year’s Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Complacent

Complacent has been ruled out of this spring but could target the 2015 Melbourne Cup. Photo: Steve Hart.

Winner of the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) in Sydney before their second behind Polanski in the $1.5 million Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington last spring, Authorized colt Complacent will be sidelined for a while longer yet.

It could be over 12 months out of racing then for the now John O’Shea-trained youngster who is still revering from a nasty tendon injury.

“He’s on a long, extended rehabilitation program from that (injury) and unfortunately he’s going to miss the spring,” Darley racing manager Jason Walsh told Racing Victoria.

The born stayer showed so much potential last campaign when under the preparation of Darley’s former private trainer Peter Snowden, but it’s a sad fact that the owners have come to believe the horse will never live up to that promise.

Well, at least not this spring.

Walsh remains hopeful that they can get the galloper back to race form in time for next year’s autumn features and then a shot at the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups in 2015.

“Hopefully we can have him back for the autumn and then hopefully 2015 might be his year (for the Cups),” he said.

“He’s a highly-talented colt, the prognosis  would probably only be fair to make it back to a decent level on the racecourse but given the ability he’s shown us we’re more than keen to give him his chance.”

Their Victoria Derby form certainly held up during this year’s missed autumn campaign.

Third and fourth over the line in the Derby last year respectively, Thunder Fantasy and Criterion went on to run second and first in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) in March.

Then David Payne’s Sebring colt Criterion made it back-to-back Group 1 wins when going up to the mile and a half to take out the Australian Derby on April 12 defeating Darley’s Tupac Amaru.

It seems most bookmakers around the country are yet to get the memo on Complacent however.

They are still well fancied in a number of the pre-nominations markets for the $2.5 Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in October paying around $21, odds led by ATC Oaks winning Kiwi raider Rising Romance ($13).

As for Derby runner-up Tupac Amaru, Walsh believes the Street Cry colt is just off the top stayers for the spring.

Last seen running sixth behind Gai Waterhouse’s now 2014 Melbourne Cup favourite The Offer in the Sydney Cup, Tupac Amaru is then unlikely to target this year’s spring majors.

“We’ve probably got him pegged as being a tier below the top stayers, so at this stage of proceedings we wouldn’t have any of the major Melbourne spring staying races in mind for him but we’ll certainly give him his chance to progress through the grades,” Walsh said.

“A horse like him and (Tulloch Stakes winner) Gallatin would probably head towards the Coongy Handicap (David Jones Cup) and then perhaps a race like the Zipping Classic or Sandown Cup over two miles on the last day at Sandown look really nice races on paper for those type of horses.”

The $150,000 Group 3 David Jones Cup runs on Caulfield Cup Day on October 18, while the $350,000 Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) and $150,000 Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) are both held at Sandown on 15 November.

Team Darley however still have a stellar line-up of spring stars ready for action over the coming months.

The most recent to be welcomed back into work is their Blue Diamond winning Exceed And Excel filly Earthquake.

Runner-up to Mossfun last start in the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m), rising three-year-old Earthquake is on the path towards races including the Group 1 Coolmore Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on October 4 and the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) in Melbourne the following Saturday.

Ensure you don’t settle for second best markets for your spring wagers this season.

Open a new account at Ladbrokes.com.au and kick things off on a high with a bonus welcome bet on the house matching your first deposit dollar for dollar up to $250!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

The Everest 2018 Ultimate Goal...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field ...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field Released

Ascot Racecourse in W.A. hosts one of the summer’s highlight races on New...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney R...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney Race for Viddora

Ace young South Australian trainer Lloyd Kennewell has confirmed his Group 1...

Vega Magic Injured But Still S...

Vega Magic Injured But Still Scaling The Everest 2018

A freak accident in the paddock last month has ruled the Lindsay Park-trained...

Snoopy Could Miss Wet 2017 Geo...

Snoopy Could Miss Wet 2017 George Moore Stakes

Heavy midweek rainfall in Brisbane has put the George Moore Stakes 2017 run of...

Horse Racing Today

Trapeze Artist heads up 2018 E...

Thronum to chase G1 glory afte...

Thronum to chase G1 glory after 2018 Australia Stakes win

Lindsay Park co-trainer Tom Dabernig will now step Thronum up to Group 1...

Pierata heads up final field f...

Pierata heads up final field for 2018 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas

The in-form Greg Hickman trained Pierata heads up a final field of sixteen...

Full field of 16 plus 5 emerge...

Full field of 16 plus 5 emergencies for 2018 Magic Millions 2yo Classic

The David Atkins trained Jonker will carry the number one saddlecloth in the...

Pierata chasing huge payday in...

Pierata chasing huge payday in 2018 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas

The Greg Hickman trained three year old Pierata is in the running for a huge...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field