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2YO Champ Sebring To Miss Spring Racing
This season's dual Gr1-winning juvenile colt & about-to-be-crowned Champion 2YO Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) "will miss the spring carnival," reported racenet.com.au. Sebring has been back in work at trainer Gai Waterhouse's temporary stables at Warwick Farm for 2 weeks "but will be sent to the paddock due to bruising on the cannon bone & concerns over his action". Sebring "underwent a bone scan at the Randwick Equine Centre on Wednesday & an area of stress was identified with bone bruising in the right fore distal cannon bone." Waterhouse commented: "He has grown a hand & put on 80kg & looks amazing. However on the down-side, being such a big strong colt & such a valuable stallion, we are erring on the cautious side. Fundamentally the colt is being given time to mature for his campaign in the autumn as a 3YO." Sebring (a $130,000 yearling consigned by Corumbene Stud at the 2007 Magic Millions January Sale on the Gold Coast) notched 5 successive victories this season (including the Gr1 Golden Slipper over 1200m at Rosehill, Gr1 Inglis AJC Sires' Produce Stakes over 1400m at Randwick, Listed Breeders Plate over 1100m at Randwick & Listed Canonbury Stakes over 1000m at Randwick) & a last-start runner-up (beaten by a short-head) in the Gr1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick for $2,537,060 earnings. In May, NSW's Widden Stud announced Sebring will join its stallion roster at the conclusion of his 3YO season.