Group 1 winning filly First Seal will be trainer John Thompson’s only runner in the Group 1 $600,000 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday following the decision to retire last start winner Danesiri because of injury.
Thompson was ready to step Danesiri up to Group 1 company this weekend after the Home On The Grange mare scored an upset win over subsequent Group 1 Canterbury Stakes winner Cosmic Endeavour in the Group 3 $150,000 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm on February 28.
But those plans had to be scraped after Danesiri pulled up sore after galloping at Randwick on Tuesday morning.
The six year old mare was diagnosed with a tendon injury and connections have decided to retire her immediately before she heads to the breeding barn later in the year.
“It’s very disappointing — racing can be a great leveller,” Thompson told Racing Network.
“She worked fine but once she cooled down we noticed all wasn’t right.
“It’s a shame for her owners because they were really looking forward to their opportunity in a Group 1.”
Danesiri had won seven of her thirty-seven starts and has earned $270,260 in prizemoney and bonuses.
The 2014 Autumn Carnival was looking to be her best season with a first up second to Thump in the Group 3 $150,000 Triscay Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on February 14 prior to her win in the Guy Walter Stakes.
First Seal has a great opportunity to record her second Group 1 win in the Coolmore Classic after winning the $400,000 Coolmore Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick during the 2014 Sydney Spring Carnival and is currently the short priced $1.80 favourite with Ladbrokes.com.au.
The Fastnet Rock filly suffered a shock defeat when resuming for a second to Adrift in the Group 2 $175,000 Liberty International Underwriters Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on February 14 before redeeming herself with a dominant two and three quarter lengths win in the Group 2 $175,000 Surround Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm on February 28.
Dear Demi is on the second line of betting at $8 just ahead of the Chris Waller trained Winx at $9, Arabian Gold at $10 and Mahara and Plucky Belle both at $11.