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Aust-Bred Rocket Man Out Of Singapore Gr1 KrisFlyer
In Singapore, Australian-bred 6YO gelding & Singapore's highest-rated galloper Rocket Man (Viscount-Macrosa, by McGinty) is a shock withdrawal from Sunday's S$1 million (A$800,000) Gr1 KrisFlyer International Sprint (1200m) at Kranji (a race he won last year). Trainer Pat Shaw & owner Fred Crabbia made the decision to "err on the side of caution" after Rocket Man succumbed to what Singapore Turf Club veterinary surgeon Dr Curry Keoughan described as a "swollen left front medial suspensory ligament". At his latest start on April 29, Rocket Man (a $60,000 yearling consigned by Tyreel Stud at the 2007 Magic Millions National Sale on the Gold Coast) won Singapore's Gr1 Lion City Cup (1200m) at Kranji to claim that race for the 4th successive year; overall he boasts 20 wins & 5 runners-up from 27 starts. Shaw described his latest injury as a "sporting injury" & noted: "It's like twisting an ankle. All it needs is rest & he will get over it. If we were to press on, it could cause long term damage or even worse irreparable damage & that was not a risk I could take. And remember he has a screw in the other leg as well. He can have a good rest now & we will get him back up for his next campaign." As a 3YO Rocket Man suffered a condylar fracture to the offside cannon bone that kept him sidelined for 8 months.