An Aidan O’Brien-trained galloper is out of the spring carnival after sustaining a leg fracture at the Werribee International Horse Centre on Wednesday morning.
The 2000 Guineas runner-up Wichita sustained a fracture to his off hind leg during trackwork.
Wichita completed his work but the injury was found when the horse returned to his box.
Racing Victoria and O’Brien stable vets are working to determine the extent of Wichita’s injury before deciding on a management plan.
O’Brien had sent Wichita to Melbourne as part of his six-horse team. The stallion’s main target was the Group 1 Cantala Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby day.
However, Wichita had firmed from $15 into $8 in TAB’s Golden Eagle market as some punters thought O’Brien might have changed plans to tackle the $7.5 million race.
The Golden Eagle be run on the same day as the Victoria Derby.
Wichita will remain in confined to his box as vets begin the treatment process.
Originally published asO’Brien runner injured at Werribee
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