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26/07/02 Risky Lass Breaks Down for Second Time
High class South Australian mare Risky Lass is likely to be retired to stud after suffering a career threatening tendon injury yesterday.

Astute Strathalbyn based trainer Brian Mueller uncovered the injury not long after she had performed her final gallop before Saturday's listed Vanellus Stakes at Cheltenham.

It is the talented mare's second serious tendon injury on the same leg in the past 18 months.

Mueller told The Advertiser's Dennis Markham that he will recommend the mare be retired to stud, but she may not have run her last race just yet.

"It means probably six months away from the racetrack and I'll be recommending to my part-owner (Ralph Alvaro) that we send her to stud and maybe race her again in foal early in the New Year if she's okay," Mueller said.

"She isn't lame or anything, and under normal circumstances the problem may not have been detected until Saturday's race, but once it happens you're always fearful it will occur again," the mare's part owner and trainer said.

Risky Lass was going into the Vanellus Stakes as one of the leading chances after back to back city successes at Morphettville and Cheltenham.

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