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El Soldado Scratched from Cup

Thursday, 16th March 2017

Defending champion El Soldado (Colombia-Zo'al, by Norman Pentaquad) has been withdrawn from today's Gr1 Auckland Cup at Ellerslie, reports theinformant.co.nz. The 10YO, who saluted at odds of 125-1 in last year's 3200 metre staying feature, has been ruled out due to a leg injury. "He bumped his leg, maybe in trackwork or just in the paddock," trainer, breeder and part-owner Phillip Devcich said. "He had a vet check yesterday and this morning [Wednesday] and he's not able to race. There just isn't enough time to get it right. It's really unfortunate – I think he would have gone alright in the Cup again." Devcich added: "We'll just have to monitor it and keep on it, make sure it's nothing more serious and then bring him back when he's ready."

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