Injury plagued multiple Group 1 winning sprinter Lankan Rupee will miss the Perth Racing Carnival and next year’s rich Autumn Carnivals after succumbing to another leg injury.
The Mick Price trained Lankan Rupee was having his second run back from twelve months on the sidelines recovering from a hock injury when fourth to Malaguerra in the Group 1 $1m Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington last Saturday.
At his previous start the giant sprinter ran a game first up third to Our Boy Malachi in the Group 2 $200,000 Dilmah For Lovers Of Tea Caulfield Sprint (1000m) at Caulfield on October 15
Price had Lankan Rupee scanned after his run at Flemington last Saturday and the results revealed some lesion in the origin of suspensory which requires at least four months in the paddock.
“It is very disappointing, every time you go to the races you have to be prepared for whatever happens, as that is the most pressure horses are put under,” Price told racing.com.
“We scanned him this morning and found some lesion in the origin of suspensory, right behind the cannon bone. The horse has to go out for four months, so that is what we will do.”
“It’s not a big injury as such but it’s in an awkward spot.
“We’ll take the advice and spell him and that’s all we can do unfortunately.”
Lankan Rupee burst into the Group 1 winner’s stall during the Autumn of 2014 with victory in the $400,000 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield and then went on to complete a hat trick of Group 1 wins by taking out the $1m Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington and the $2.5m Darley T J Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.
Lankan Rupee returned in the Spring to score a first up win in the Group 1 $1m Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley and then the following Autumn made it Group 1 win number five in beating Brazen Beau and Deep Field in the 2015 Group 1 $500,000 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at Flemington.
Price had intended to travel to Western Australia with Lankan Rupee to contest the Group 1 $1m Crown Perth-Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot in Perth on November 26.
With an overall record of eleven wins from twenty-six starts, Lankan Rupee has amassed over $4 million in prizemoney for his connections.