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Injured Rupee Still In TJ Frame
Trainer Mick Price has confirmed that Lankan Rupee (Redoute's Choice-Estelle Collection, by Stravinsky) will head towards the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes in Sydney despite injuring himself in Saturday's Gr1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington, reports racing.com. The star sprinter finished a disappointing sixth behind Brazen Beau in the Newmarket, but an examination on Monday morning revealed the 5YO had torn a muscle in his chest and was also displaying signs of inflammation in his stifles. Price said he was confident the injuries wouldn't derail Lankan Rupee's bid for back-to-back TJ Smith victories at Randwick on 4 April. "While he trotted up sound yesterday (Sunday), my chiropractor went over him this morning and he has a torn off-front superficial pectoral muscle," Price said. "Both of his stifles were showing signs of inflammation so he'll have both of them treated as well as his pectoral muscle treated." He added, "Timing-wise he should be fine so he remains on course for the T.J. Smith." Injuries aside, Price said Lankan Rupee also wasn't suited by the lack of speed which caused him to over-race. "I think Joao Moreira (on the winner Brazen Beau) out-rode the other jockeys," he said. "The first 400m was run six or seven lengths slower than last year's Newmarket and I think my horse pulled because of the slow sectionals." he added, "Regardless of that he was disappointing and his last 200m was that of a horse whose action was not right."