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Proisir To Miss Melbourne Festival Of Racing

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Talented entire Proisir will miss the 2014 Melbourne Festival Of Racing after the tendon injury that has kept him away from the races for over six months flared up once again.

Proisir has suffered another injury setback and will miss the 2014 Melbourne Festival Of Racing.

Proisir has suffered another injury setback and will miss the 2014 Melbourne Festival Of Racing. Photo by: Steve Hart

Proisir had his 2013 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival campaign ended prematurely by injury and was being set for the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m), by new trainer Peter Moody, but was unable to recover from the career-threatening problem.

Moody was hopeful that he could get Proisir ready for an autumn campaign in Melbourne but told Racing Victoria that the son of Choisir had suffered another setback and possible comebacks plans would have to be pushed back until the Sydney leg of the 2014 Autumn Racing Carnival.

“He injured his tendon again in the spring so I probably think Melbourne will come around a bit too soon for him,” Moody said.

The rapid improvement of Proisir was one of the stories of the 2012 Spring Racing Carnival; with the talented galloper progressing from a maiden at Hawkesbury to be one of the leading contenders for the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) less than three months later.

Proisir won her maiden by almost two lengths and stamped herself as a horse to watch with a dominant two and a half lengths victory over subsequent Flight Stakes winner Norzita in the TVN Jockeys Trust (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 1.

He made his Group debut with a most impressive win in the Spring Stakes (1600m) at Newcastle on September 19 and went into the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) as an odds-on favourite but was upset by It’s A Dundeel, in what was arguably the most exciting edition in the history of the race.

Proisir was one of three Gai Waterhouse-trained runners in the 2012 Cox Plate, along with Pierro and More Joyous, and was one of the best-backed runners in the lead-up to the race but could finish no better than eighth.

The classy entire returned to the races with a third place finish behind Pierro and Rebel Dane in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) but he was found to have suffered a serious tendon injury following his second place finish behind It’s A Dundeel in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m).

The Spring Stakes winner joined the stable of Peter Moody in April this year but the leading Melbourne trainer has been unable to get the stallion prospect to the track.

About The Author

Thomas Hackett

Thomas is a passionate and opinionated racing journalist and punter who has been obsessed with horse racing since he backed Saintly to win the 1996 Melbourne Cup. An international racing enthusiast, he has his finger on the pulse of racing news not just from Australia but all around the world.

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