Crown Oaks winner Kirramosa will miss the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) and the entire 2014 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnivalafter being found with a bone chip on one of her front fetlocks.
Kirramosa returned to the stable of John Sargent on Monday in what looked like excellent physical condition, after putting on almost 50 kilograms, but the leading trainer quickly discovered that all was not right with his star galloper.
“I was thrilled with her condition when she arrived back at the stable on Monday, but after a couple of days just trotting and limbering up we noticed she wasn’t quite right in her action,” Sargent told The Informant.
“We had the vet check her out and pinpointed a problem in one of her front fetlocks.
“After a closer look, a small chip right at the front of the joint showed up.
“She must have done it in her Oaks win and it’s showed up with exercise.”
Sargent had the option of treating the injury, which may have given Kirramosa the opportunity to compete during the autumn, but he elected to send the three-year-old for surgery that will rule her out of racing until the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.
“We could have medicated it but decided that for the longer term she would be better having it removed, so she’s going for surgery on Monday,” Sargent said.
“After that she’ll need a month being boxed then a month in a yard.
“Another month in the paddock should see her right but that will be too late to have her back for any further three-year-old racing.
“She put on the best part of 50 kilos during her spell and I expect she’ll develop further over the next few months so from a spring racing perspective that’s something to look forward to.”
Kirramosa made her Australian racing debut with a fourth place finish at Canterbury on August 21 and recorded his first race win outside of New Zealand at Newcastle on September 18.
The Alamosa filly was stepped-up to Listed level for the Reginald Allen Quality (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 28 and finished a narrow second behind Best Case in in the Inglis Bonus Handicap (1600m) before stamping herself as a leading contender for the Crown Oaks with an impressive win in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day.
Kirramosa was well-backed in the lead-up to the Crown Oaks and settled towards the tail of the field before working home strongly to record a narrow win from Zanbagh and Solicit and become the 35th filly to complete the Wakeful Stakes/Crown Oaks double.