Talented Kiwi sprinter Ardrossan’s Sydney campaign has been cut short after suffering a minor injury and is returning home for a spell.
“Ardrossan unfortunately comes home tonight (Monday) with a slight strain of the suspensory,” trainer Stephen Marsh said.
“That was a bit of a blow to the team because he was flying that horse. He’s out of the top draw that one, so it’s a real shame.
“We will just bring him home and look after him and hopefully we can get his Group 1 next season.”
The four-year-old entire has won four of his nine starts, including the Group 3 Concorde Handicap (1200m) and the Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre Stakes (1100m).
The son of Redoute’s Choice also posted a Group 1 placing in the Waikato Sprint (1400m) before his Australian trip and Marsh said he would like to get that elite-level victory with his charge before the Waikato Stud-owned stallion retires to stud.
“Mark (Chittick, Waikato Stud principal) loves the horse and he is definitely going to stand at Waikato Stud, even if he is retired today, which is very exciting,” Marsh said.
“But I’d love to put the Group 1 in front of his name before standing there.
“We have got the swimming pool at Cambridge, we have got a treadmill and we can do everything like that to keep the weight off his back and get all the work into him without having to put him on a track.
“I’ll be doing everything to make sure he does (race again). It’s something that we have got on to pretty early.”