Injured Farloe Blitz heads for stud career
Owen McKenna yesterday confirmed that his great tracker Farloe Blitz will not race again following the injury which he sustained in a pre-racing trial at Limerick on Saturday night.
"The vet said he can't see any clean break but that the tendon at the back of the hock is gone," said McKenna.
"That is actually worse - you can't insert a screw or anything into it.
"I haven't spoken with Paul Ellis yet about the dog's future but it obviously lies at stud and, possessing such brilliant early pace and breeding, he should be hugely popular with breeders."
McKenna had been readying the dog for the BIF Night of Stars 525 at Shelbourne on November 14 but that obviously won't happen now.
However, McKenna still has Blitz's younger half-brother and fellow Irish Derby finalist Farloe Rumble for the Night of Stars and he will go for the BoyleSports 550.
Offshore Bound, which is a finalist in the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick, will also be entered for the Night of Stars provided he comes through Saturday's big race sound and well.
His bitch Leamaneigh Mags is another for the Night of Stars and she could defend her Bitch 525 title.
McKenna reported that Offshore Bound was sore after his semi-final of the Leger on Saturday.
"He held up his foot at the pick-up. He had been spiked the previous week and he was obviously sorer than we thought," he said. "He will run okay on Saturday and he is very well drawn."
Word from Limerick racing manager Liam Kennedy yesterday was that the supporting open contests for Saturday's Leger final card were filling nicely, and it should be a top-class card with a 7.46 start.
Unfortunately it appears as though there will be no Consolation race with a number of the beaten semi-finalists not available.
Indeed, beaten semi-finalists Painstown Chief and Country Legend could well end up in the Open 600, while the 800 marathon could be a really hot affair with Droopys Odyssey, Fire Height Amy and Joyful Dribbler among the entries.
Gaytime Hawk and Cunning Barney clash in the 525, and the big names in the sprint are Trinity Forest and Amazing Dude.
The Munster Juvenile Cup got underway at Clonmel on Sunday when the top performance came from the Richard Newell and JJ Fennelly-owned Newlawn Luke as he led all the way to win by five lengths from Eightythreelarch in 28.78
Another feature of the heats was the double for trainer Peter Cronin with All About Pete in 29.04 and Mustang Golden in 28.92.