|In a blow for
South Australian racing the exciting hurdler Shutayr has broken down and will miss the
lucrative winter jumping features in Melbourne over the coming weeks.
A winner of two of his four jumping races (he's placed in the other
two), Shutayr was being touted as the best jumper unearthed in Adelaide for many years by
seasoned racegoers in that city.
The Joe Lockyer trained son of Shuttlecock Corner will now
return from Melbourne after only arriving in that state on Monday.
Shutayr was found to have pulled up lame after working at
Caulfield this morning in preparation for Saturday's LV Lachal Hurdle at Flemington.
A Melbourne vet told connections the gelding appears to
have injured a check tendon and Lockyer has chosen to immediately send the horse back to
Adelaide for further examination.
News of the injury was a blow to Shutayr's owners who were
looking forward to the feature jumps events in Melbourne including the Australian and
Grand National Hurdles in the coming weeks.
The grey gelding was the star of this year's Oakbank
Carnival. On the first day of the carnival he won a division of the Dicksons Restricted
Hurdle before backinig up two days later to win the state's most prestigious hurdle, the
Yalumba Classic (formerly Harry D Young).