Star jumper Black And Bent will miss the rest of the year’s racing after suffering a tear to his troublesome tendon that caused him to spend 11 months on the sidelines after originally injuring it in July 2010.
The Robert Smerdon-trained six-year-old is unlikely to race before May next year with the 30 per cent tear to his near fore tendon believed to be more serious than the one suffered previously.
Owner Mike Symons reported the sad news of the Caulfield-based gelding but is confident the jumps champion is young enough to make a positive return to racing.
“Black And Bent has injured his tendon and will not race again this season,” Symons said.
“Hopefully he can bounce back in 2013.”
Black And Bent was scheduled to chase a tenth consecutive jumps victory at Mornington on Sunday but underwent scans yesterday after Smerdon noticed stiffness following a steeple trial on Saturday.
The gelding equalled the Australian record for consecutive jumps victories last start when producing a dominant display to win by more than a length in the Galleywood Hurdle at Warrnambool on May 2.
It was his second Galleywood Hurdle title with his career highlight to date coming in 2011 when he won the prestigious $200,000 Grand National Hurdle at Sandown-Lakeside.
His tremendous jumps record now stands at 12 wins from 18 starts while his record on the flat has seen him win seven times from 30 outings.
Black And Bent’s versatility has seen him win from distances of 1600 metres on the flat to 3900 metres in jumps racing which has lead to a total prize pool of over $925,000.