The field for the Group 1 $500,000 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday has been reduced to nine runners following the scratching of Golden Slipper winner Capitalist.
Trainers Peter and Paul Snowden were forced to scratched Capitalist from the star studded three year old field when the Written Tycoon colt sustained a stone bruise to his near for foot.
“We were contacted by the stable and alerted that Capitalist would be scratched after sustaining a stone bruise to his near fore foot,” said Racing Victoria’s chief steward Terry Bailey.
“They are hopeful he might be okay for next week.”
Capitalist was rated as a $10 chance with Ladbrokes.com.au before he was scratched but Team Snowden will still be represented in the Coolmore Stud Stakes by the undefeated Russian Revolution who is also marked at $10.
The Mick Price trainer Extreme Choice heads the market at $3 just ahead of the Golden Rose winner Astern at $3.60 and Team Hawkes’ smart colt Star Turn at $4.
Capitalist has had an interrupted Melbourne Spring Carnival campaign and was a late scratching from the Group 1 $1m Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on October 21 when the track was downgraded to a soft 5 following some afternoon rain.
The Snowden’s are hoping that Capitalist will make a quick recovery and be fit to take on the older horses at weight for age in the Group 1 $1m Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday week on the final day of the four day Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Capitalist proved to be the best two year old during the Sydney Autumn Carnival with a commanding win in the Group 1 $3.5m Longines Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill but has failed to win at two starts as a three year.
The Written Tycoon colt resumed for a fourth to Star Turn in the Group 3 $150,000 Smithfield RSL Club San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on August 13 followed by a third to stablemate Russian Revolution in the Group 2 $300,000 The Star Roman Consul (1200m) at Randwick on October 1.
Coolmore Stud Stakes market order at Ladbrokes.com.au: $3 Extreme Choice, $3.60 Astern, $4 Star Turn, $10 Russian Revolution, $11 Flying Artie, $31 Saracino, $41 Derryn, Archives, $67 Monolo Blahniq.