More surgery for Admire Deus (JPN)
One of the spring's saddest stories threatens to get sadder still with the future of Japanese galloper Admire Deus (JPN) hanging in the balance after a recent setback.
Jamie Lovett from Australian Bloodstock, who helped purchase the highly-credentialed horse from Japan to race for trainer Darren Weir in Australia, said the horse had had emergency surgery over the past few days for the third time since breaking down during trackwork in the week of the Caulfield Cup.
"He's had a little turn for the worst," a dejected Lovett said. "He had to go back into surgery to remove the cast on Sunday afternoon so he's back in recovery but it's very hard to make progress when he keeps having setbacks.
"That's his third lot of surgery. I just feel for the horse. He's obviously very tough because he's really having a hard time but he's hanging in there.
"We're doing everything to save him."
The news of another setback for Admire Deus comes on the heels of encouraging news for New Zealand galloper Gingernuts (NZ), who had four screws successfully inserted into a fractured near-fore pastern after he broke down on the way to the gates for last Saturday's Emirates Stakes.
Successful surgery for Gingernuts (NZ), picture Quentinjlang.com