Gobstopper won’t be defending his New Zealand Cup crown tomorrow fortnight.
He is well out of form and a shocker in the Te Awamutu Cup Wednesday convinced trainer Andrew Campbell to pull the pin.
“He’s just not going well enough,” said Campbell.
“I’ll chuck him out in the paddock and possibly bring him back for New Year’s.”
Gobstopper was quoted at 42s for the cup. He had not won since winning last year’s race.
There have been more withdrawals for Cup Week.
Ruby Armani is out of the Coupland’s while Mongolian Spirit disappears from the list of 2000 Guineas candidates.