CAPTAIN OF STEALTH
The injury to the unbeaten Captain Of Stealth – most people’s idea of the best two-year-old in Cape Town – has proved to be more serious than first thought.
Vaughan Marshall, having received the scan results, reported on Saturday: “He will be out for 10 months.”
The Captain Al colt rapped himself below the joint and just above the coronet in a freak accident.
Marshall and stable jockey MJ Byleveld have long since learned the hard way of the painful vicissitudes that somehow seem to go hand in hand with racehorses.
But the extent of the setback is a cruel blow to owners Pat Freestone and John Habib who had been dreaming of Guineas glory.
Magnificent Seven, scratched from the final field for Saturday’s Vodacom Durban July last Wednesday, is out for the season.
Jonno Snaith said: “He strained a tendon on the morning before the gallops. It’s not bad but the vets were of the opinion that if he went on grass, he could do damage. It is disappointing but we didn’t want to take a chance. We will put him away for the Cape season when he will go for the same sort of races that he did this time including the New Turf Carriers Stayers on Sun Met day that he won.”