Injury-prone galloper Brambles has officially been retired from racing ahead of the autumn carnivals with yet another tendon issue seeing connections pull the pin on the track career of the Queensland Derby winner.
The Peter Moody-trained, OTI Racing-owned Savabeel gelding bows out with a record of six wins, three seconds and three thirds form his 20 career starts for a tidy $825,258 in prize money.
The decision to retire Brambles was made on Thursday after it was discovered he’d suffered another tendon injury after a jumpout at Sandown on Wednesday.
His first serious injury to the tendon threatened to derail his career in late 2012 when Lee Evison spent nearly two years getting him back to race condition.
He is best known for his stellar 2012 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival campaign where he won three Group races on the trot before injuring himself.
First it was the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate – Grand Prix Stakes double then he progressed to elite level company to beta Quintessential home by over a length in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m).
Since then his career has been plagued with injuries and setbacks and he managed to win just one other race, an unlisted handicap over 1700m at Flemington in mid-September last year.
He was competitive early during his spring campaign in Melbourne though including a brave third when just over half a length off smart New Zealand mare Lucia Valentina in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).
Things looked on track when Brambles then backed up a fortnight later to cross just a length away fourth behind the ill-fated Japanese raider Admire Rakti in the coveted Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).
His final two career starts however were disappointing.
Brambes finished a well-beaten ninth to Happy Trails in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) and then got swamped over the final 400m in the world’s richest handicap to finish 21 lengths away 15th to German raider Protectionist in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m).
OTI Racing broke the news on Twitter yesterday.
“Disappointing news with the retirement today of Brambles after a 2nd tendon injury. G1 QLD Derby winner in 2012 & 4th in 2014 Caulfield Cup.”
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