Trainer Clayton Chipperfield faces an anxious wait for the results of a Monday morning veterinary examination of his stable star Catalyst which failed to beat a runner home when pulling up lame after Saturday’s The Shorts.
The Kiwi gun had to be eased down by jockey Glen Boss in the Group 2 feature at Randwick and pulled up 2 out of 5 lame in the off foreleg in the aftermath to the race.
Chipperfield had been hoping Catalyst could push his claims for $15 million The Everest in the 1100m scamper before targeting the $7.5 million Golden Eagle later in the spring.
A start in The Everest would now seem highly unlikely while the classy son of Darci Brahma’s chances in the Golden Eagle also took a hit.
Look at him go! 😮
Classique Legend overcomes traffic problems to score in the Shorts. pic.twitter.com/Mqvi2tCqJF
Vets will determine the extent of the damage on Monday morning but Chipperfield is hopeful his Kiwi gun can still play a major part in the Australian spring.
“We’ve got the vet coming around to do some x-rays to get to the bottom of it,” Chipperfield said.
“At the moment he is the same as he was yesterday.
“Bossy said he felt brilliant going around to the start and was happy with him in the running.”
“He felt if he could sprint he would have been right there in the top three or four but obviously that never happened and when he went to let him go, there was nothing there.
Catalyst was a drifter from $15 out to $51 for The Everest after The Shorts and was $11 out to $15 for the Golden Eagle.
While Catalyst’s injury dented his spring aspirations, the Les Bridge-trained Classique Legend gave his chances a massive shot in the arm with a stellar performance to win The Shorts.
Classique Legend already occupies a slot in the race and is on the second line of betting at $6.
Originally published asVets to find the Catalyst for Kiwi star’s injury
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