A knee injury has put the Melbourne Cup 2014 bid of Willie Mullins’ European galloper Simenon in doubt this coming spring.
The Marju gelding was found to be suffering from a stress fracture above their off-fore knee that could keep them from a return trip down under.
The gelding, now a rising eight-year-old, raced in Australia last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and was to again target the world’s richest handicap.
On debut here last October they finished under a length away third behind Sea Moon in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m).
That was on the back of an excellent lead-up back in Great Britain for the stayer who has form both in flat and jumps racing in Europe.
Their form before their trip to Oz included a Group 1 second to Estimate in the Ascot Gold Cup (4023m) and another close second this time to Ahzeemah at York in the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup (3299m).
They made the field for the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) on the first Tuesday of November then and were far from disgraced when two and a half lengths away fourth to the Gai Waterhouse-trained winner Fiorente.
This season their form has been hit and miss including a fifth in the Ascot Gold Cup behind Leading Light after being held back early.
Their latest start was in Ireland at Tipperary on July 12 when winning a Grade 3 Hurdle over the two miles carrying 70kg.
While things looked on track for a shot at the 2014 Melbourne Cup, plans have been put on hold until Mullins sees how they recover from the injury sustained in their last run.
“He was a little stiff for a few days and he didn’t come right,” Racing Victoria quoted Mullins as saying this week when speaking of how they pulled up after their latest jumps effort.
“I thought it was maybe the firm ground at the time but it turns out he has a stress fracture above his right knee and will have six weeks off.”
Futures Melbourne Cup betting is already open at bookies around the country including Ladbrokes.com.au who have another of Waterhouse’s stayers, Sydney Cup champ The Offer installed as the $13 favourite.
Simenon is also listed in the pre-nomination markets at a quote of $26 that is likely to drift with this news.
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