Pentathon, second in last year’s NZ Cup, is out of this year’s race.
He has a fractured split bone.
“We will be put him in a paddock for a while and see what happens’,’ said co-owner Linda Wheeler, wife of trainer John Wheeler.
His withdrawal means Lisa Allpress will have to find another ride.
Also missing from the Cup will be Jonathon Riddell and a likely ride on Monarch Chimes in the staying classic.
Riddell copped 12 riding days for careless riding at Ellerslie Tuesday
He won’t return until November 28,
There are 29 left in the NZ Cup with more withdrawals today,including the Darren Weir pair of Yogi and Orminto
They weren’t going well to justify the trip.
Feelar is still the Cup favourite at $6 followed by High Spirits ($7) and Mentral Telepathy ($12).
The Wheelers are taking three horses to Riccarton, including Irish Flame, who will race Saturday, Abacus and Vencedora.
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