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Unusual Spring Prep For Ethiopia
Former Australian Derby winner Ethiopia (Helenus-Shona, Spectrum) is set to have an unorthodox preparation for the Melbourne spring carnival by running first-up in the $100,000 Coolgardie Cup (1760m) at Kalgoorlie on Sunday week, reports The West Australian. Breeder and owner Trevor Delroy is keen to use the Coolgardie Cup as a lead-up to the $500,000 Gr1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on 4 October. The 6YO is now in the care of Karnup trainer Rebecca Nairn after being transferred from the Mornington stables of Pat Carey. Ethiopia underwent rehabilitation at Delroy's Wyadup Valley Farm beach property, near Yallingup, for five months after he was found to have problems with his hind feet. X-rays showed there were problems with Ethiopia's weight distribution. "He had pulled up lame in the hind quarters and I sent him to Werribee for the vets to have a look at him," explained Delroy. "One of the vets is a podiatrist and he found that 80 per cent of his weight was going on to the front of his hooves. We cut his feet right back and put wedges on. He would never build up behind but he has now put on 30kg and most of that is in his hind." He added, "We want to keep him on firm footing, but not rock hard, and feel Kalgoorlie can provide that surface. If he was to do well he would then go to Melbourne."