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Six time winner Rhythm To Spare will miss the 2015 autumn racing season due to an injury, it was revealed Friday morning.
The Mike Moroney-trained five-year-old was getting prepared for the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick Racecourse, which the Helen Page-trained Rudy went on to win, but these plans fell through when the gelding was detected to have a bone-chip in a fetlock and needed surgery.
While the surgery went well, Moroney’s racing manager Anthony Feroce revealed Rhythm To Spare will spend three months in the spelling paddock, which means the gelding will miss both Melbourne and Sydney autumn carnivals.
“We were getting him ready for the Villiers in Sydney but we found a bone-chip which had to come out, so he’ll need three months in the paddock,” Feroce told Racing Network.
Rhythm To Spare is a high quality miler that won back to back during the autumn earlier this year, winning both the Peter Armytage Handicap (1610m) and Group 3 RA Lee Stakes (1600m), in which he drew clear for an easy three and a half length victory.
He was luckless during the spring however, finishing outside the placings in all five of his campaign starts.
The gelding was badly held up in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) on October 11 – blocked for a run near the turn then blocked for a run in the straight before being inconvenienced at the concluding stages – but still managed to finish just a shoulder off third place.
After that he ran a disappointing 12th of 15 in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) on November 8, the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. He then backed up in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) one week later, in which he finished just over one length off the winner Zabisco.
Rhythm To Spare will have to wait just a bit longer to enact his revenge with the autumn carnivals out of commission.
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