Perth filly Eight Till Late has been put down after failing to recover from a severe leg injury she sustained last week.
The three-year-old filly had had just three race starts during her promising career with her last run being a win in the Group 3 WA Champion Fillies Stakes at Ascot.
The Lohnro filly was purchased from the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale for just $45,000 in 2009 and has since gone on to win more than $130,000 in prize money.
Eight Till Late was in the spelling paddock when she suffered an injury to her pedal bone.
Managing owner Kim Loxton was devastated by the news.
“It’s unbelievable,” Loxton said.
“You spend a lot of time trying to get good horses and to actually get one then for that to happen is shocking.
“I’m at a total loss myself. It’s just one of those things.
“She was looking good for us to have as a broodmare and she had so much untapped ability.
“She was very valuable but we’ll just have to box on and find another one.”
Eight Till Late had almost perfect breeding, being out of a Redoute’s Choice mare.
The filly had been due to return to work with her trainer Shane Edwards at Ascot in the coming days to pursue more success in the autumn.
Loxton is still the owner of a number of talented gallopers in Western Australia, including Fuddle Dee Duddle and Reverand Lovejoy.