The 2016 Australian Guineas hopes of smart Adelaide youngster Last Bullet have been dashed with the three-year-old ruled out of the Autumn Carnival with a pelvic fracture.
Prepared in Morphettville by John Hyam, the three-year-old High Chaparral gelding competed in Melbourne last season running 14th in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
His last run was a first-up seventh over 1200m in a three-years-old handicap at home at Morphettville Parks on January 16.
That has proved to be his one and only run this campaign however with the two-time winner suffering a fractured pelvis, confirmed by Hyam on Thursday morning.
“Last Bullet, during his first-up run, has suffered a hairline fracture in the pelvis and will require four months’ spell in total,” he told Racing Victoria.
“This is very disappointing but he will be back and ready for the spring.”
Last Bullet posted his first win last March second-up in the Group 3 Breeders Stakes (1200m) in
Adelaide before another Adelaide win over Éclair Attack in August led to his spring campaign in Victoria.
His best effort from that preparation was an eighth to Bon Aurum in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) when beaten only one and three quarter lengths after making up ground from the back of the field late.
Connections were considering a shot at $750,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) this time in at Flemington Racecourse on Saturday March 5.
2016 Australian Guineas nominations closed this week with 110 early entries.
Futures Australian Guineas betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au are led by the undefeated Group 1 Kingston Town Classic winning filly Perfect Reflection and New Zealand elite level champ Xtravagant at $7 each.
Among the other Group 1 winning three-year-olds on the Australian Guineas path this Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival are the likes of Victoria Derby winner Tarzino, Thousand Guineas winning filly Stay With Me, Chris Waller’s Caulfield Guineas champ Press Statement and his Champion Stakes winning stablemate Vanbrugh.
Press Statement at $8 is the second favourite in betting followed by Darren Weir’s Group 2 Sandown Guineas winner Mahuta at $9.
Melbourne Cup winning trainer from last spring, Weir is also the new trainer of the former Perth-prepared Perfect Reflection who owner Bob Peters transferred to Victoria at the start of the month.
Peters also sent last year’s Perth Cup winner Real Love to Weir’s Warrnambool stables ahead of the autumn majors in Melbourne.
Along with Perfect Reflection and Mahuta Weir’s other imposing Australian Guineas hopeful this season is promising Teofilo colt Palentino who won a Flemington black-type over 1400m during the Cup Carnival.
Desert King mare Real Love meanwhile targets the $400,000 Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) on March 14.
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