The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Madison County has been withdrawn from today’s Gr.1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) after sustaining an injury while being transported to the track on race morning.
The Pins three-year-old suffered abrasions to a hip after becoming fractious on the horse transporter while in transit to the Rosehill track.
“He rubbed his hip on the float coming over (to Rosehill),” Murray Baker said.
“He’s not sore as they trotted him up and down, but it’s (the abrasion) about as big as a small plate and they decided he had to be scratched.”
The Rosehill Guineas was to be the final lead-up race for Madison County before tackling the Gr.1 Australian Derby (2400m) on April 6, with Baker now left searching for a suitable alternative.
“There’s the Tulloch Stakes (Gr.2 2000m) for him next week so that’s the obvious race,” he said.
“I don’t think it’s (the injury) anything serious, so I think he’ll be alright.” – NZ Racing Desk