South Australian mare Risky Lass is likely to be retired to stud after suffering a career
threatening tendon injury yesterday.
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
"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
Risky Lass was going into the Vanellus Stakes as one of the
leading chances after back to back city successes at Morphettville and Cheltenham.