Admire Deus Out of Caulfield Cup 2017

The Spring Cups dream is over for the Darren Weir-trained Japanese import Admire Deus who has been ruled out of Saturday’s 2017 Caulfield Cup after breaking down in track work on Tuesday morning.

Craig Williams

Jockey Craig Williams is without a 2017 Caulfield Cup ride after the injury and withdrawal of Admire Deus. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Admire Don stallion travelled down under late last month and had been settling in well at Werribee before his scheduled Australian race debut in this weekend in the Group 1 $3 million BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m).

In a blow for Australian Bloodstock and fellow connections, the seven-year-old suffered a spring ending injury in his morning track work at Warrnambool, which would have likely been his last before the Caulfield Cup on Saturday.

Vets were attending to the horse immediately after the incident, the full extent of damage to Admire Deus still not known.

He was officially ruled out of both the Caulfield Cup and the Group 1 $6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) on Tuesday November 7 at 8am (AEDT) this morning.

Admire Deus was one of the early favourites in pre-field Caulfield Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au and was last seen running a close fourth under two lengths beaten as a roughie hope in Japan’s Group 1 Tenno Sho (Spring) over the two miles back in late April.

There had been a number of huge bets placed on the international import to win the Caulfield Cup overnight before the breakdown, Admire Deus to have joined the also ill-fated Admire Rakti (2014) as Japanese gallopers to win the race.

Dual Caulfield Cup winning hoop Craig Williams, who rode Southern Speed (2011) and Dunaden (2012) to victory in the mile and a half classic on back-to-back years, was booked to ride Admire Deus in the race this year.

It is a massive blow for Williams, who earlier in the year had travelled to Japan to gallop Admire Deus before his arrival in Melbourne.

New favourite in the Caulfield Cup odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au at $5.50 for the win is the Aidan O’Brien-trained Irish raider Johannes Vermeer.

The Galileo stallion debuted down under last weekend finishing runner-up to the Weir-trained Gailo Chop in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes (2000m).

Johannes Vermeer is raced by five-time Melbourne Cup winning owner Lloyd Williams.

The official Caulfield Cup 2017 field of final acceptances is out at 10am (AEDT) this morning followed by the Caulfield Cup barrier draw from 5pm.

Check out the updated Caulfield Cup odds post-the withdrawal of Admire Deus now at Ladbrokes.com.au.

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