It was confirmed yesterday that Jersey Lily would miss the rest of the spring racing carnival after tearing her hamstring in her first up run.
It’s crushing news for trainer Les Bridge and connections given they had such high aspirations of big level black type success this time in.
Jersey lily contested the Toy Show Quality at Warwick Farm back in August a heavy rated surface.
She pulled up sore following her ninth placed finish and bridge said vets examined her and found a problem in a rear leg.
They began to try and fix the problem but after three weeks and no response they’ve accepted the fact the muscle won’t return to 100 percent in time to run again this carnival.
“She tore her hamstring and didn’t respond to treatment so has to go out for six weeks and that’s the carnival over for her,” Bridge said.
“It was the heavy track and you get those sort of injuries.”
Jersey Lily has only missed a place seven times from her 22 career starts and has been a real favourite for her owners.
This is the first time the six year old has suffered any major issues in her racing career.
“She’s been such a sound mare throughout her career she’s never had a problem,” Bridge said.
He says despite her obvious attraction for the stud farm they will press on after this in search of a Group 1 win.
“She’ll race on and I think she’ll get better too as she gets older,” he said.
Bridge’s other horse which has been suffering a bit of late is six year old gelding Leica Larrikin.
He’s raced just once since November last year and even that start at Warwick Farm in August he wasn’t at his best.
“He had a high temperature and by the time we got him right he’d missed three weeks work,” Bridge said.
He isn’t far off a return though and he will feature this spring, it just won’t be this weekend.
“He’s just not fit enough to race 1500m on Saturday so we’ll have to look for something else for him,” he said.