Lindsay Park is poised to part ways with one-time Melbourne Cup favourite Constantinople with the imported stayer set to be sold this week.
The Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes-trained gelding is on the market at the latest Inglis Digital online sale with bidding reaching $25,000 at lunch time on Tuesday.
Bidding will end on Wednesday.
It is sure to be a case of what could have been with Constantinople, which failed to reach the heights that many had hoped he would since arriving in Australia for the spring of 2019 due to several issues.
Constantinople raced into Melbourne Cup favouritism in 2019 with a fast-finishing fourth in the Caulfield Cup at his first Australian start.
Constantinople didn’t reach the heights expected after finishing fourth in the 2019 Caulfield Cup. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
He went on to finish 13th in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington but the once highly-touted import has failed to recapture the same form since then.
Constantinople was found to have bone bruising to his fetlocks after his maiden spring runs, and was gelded 12 months later while he also needed surgery for a throat problem.
The five-year-old went unplaced in all nine of his Australian starts including four runs this year.
His last start for the training team of Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes came last month when he beat one runner home in the Listed Andrew Ramsden, which offered a ballot exemption for the Melbourne Cup.
Constantinople was a Group 3 winner when he arrived in Australia after starting his career under Irish master trainer Aidan O’Brien.
Originally published asOne-time Melbourne Cup favourite up for sale
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