Sydney colt Charlie Boy looks likely to miss the Sydney Autumn Carnival following his scratching from the Gold Coast $1m Magic Millions 3yo Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday because of injury.
Trainer Gerald Ryan was quite confident that Charlie Boy would be in the prizemoney after he completed track work this morning but the colt was found to be lame with a hamstring injury mid-morning.
“He felt well, appeared bright and well, did what I wanted him to on the track and walked back to the stables good. He was bouncing,” Ryan told Racing Network.
“Footballers do hamstrings when you least expect them to and so do horses.
“It probably wipes out the autumn too. Hamstrings usually mean eight to 12-weeks in the paddock.”
Ryan and jockey Michael Rodd had been looking forward to Charlie Boy taking on smart fillies Sweet Idea and Equare first up with the colt on the third line of betting for the $1m race for the three year olds.
Rodd was understandably disappointed with the news and tweeted, “Massive blow with Charlie Boy being scratched ,really feel for Gerald and all the owners, the highs & lows of racing.”
Ryan had given Charlie two solid barrier trials for his return to racing following a short break after the Melbourne Spring Carnival where he was successful down the Flemington straight in the Group 2 $220,000 Danehill Stakes (1200m) on September 7.
The Jason McLachlan trained filly Enquare at $4.60, holds a slight advantage over Gai Waterhouse’s Sweet Idea ($5) at the top of the Magic Millions 3yo Guineas market order with Northern Glory now the third pick at $11 ahead of Weinholt and Gundy Spirit both at $12.