After injury ruled a number of Peter Moody’s charges out of the spring, the autumn has started in much the same way for Victoria’s premier trainer with import My Quest For Peace joining talented stayer Brambles on the sidelines.
The OTI-owned stayer has contracted a lung infection and will be sent to the spelling paddock immediately.
“To enable My Quest For Peace to recover from a lung infection, he will be spelled immediately and will miss autumn. Back for spring,” the official OTI twitter account said.
It comes as a massive blow to OTI who also own Queensland Derby winner Brambles.
My Quest For Peace was set to follow in the footsteps of fellow OTI-owned import Manighar who excelled with a Group 1 treble last autumn.
Like Manighar, the five-year-old was formerly with Luca Cumani and raced under the high profile trainer at the Spring Carnival.
After arriving with consecutive victories in Group 3 and Listed races in the UK behind him, the Galileo entire performed solidly in his first two starts on Australian soil.
He was fifth in the Caulfield Cup and then finished 10th in the Melbourne Cup.
While My Quest For Peace is expected to return at his best for the spring, OTI are resigned to being without Brambles until at least next autumn.
The four-year-old gelding has a tendon injury and OTI’s Terry Henderson said earlier this month he will soon return to the water walker but ruled out any chance of a spring campaign.
“He won’t be back at the races until the autumn, to be frank,” Henderson said.