By Jon Lees
Australia: Aidan O’Brien’s run of back luck returned on Wednesday when Wichita, one of his Spring Carnival team, suffered a leg fracture.
The injury was discovered after the three-year-old colt had completed an exercise with Anthony Van Dyck, who tackles Saturday’s Caulfield Cup, at the Werribee International Training Centre.
Wichita was being prepared for the G1 Cantala Stakes at the end of the month.
Racing Victoria put out a statement which said: “Racing Victoria (RV) advises that the Aidan O’Brien-trained Wichita has sustained a fracture to its right hind leg in trackwork at the TAB International Horse Centre this morning.
“The horse completed its morning work and returned to its box where the injury was detected. RV and stable veterinarians are currently assessing the horse’s injury to determine the appropriate management plan.
“Wichita’s primary target during the Spring Racing Carnival was the Group 1 Kennedy Cantala (1600m) on 31 October for which nominations are yet to close. The horse will not be nominated for any races and will remain confined to its box under veterinary care.”
Wichita won three of his nine starts, and finished second in the 2,000 Guineas, beaten a neck by Kameko. He won the G2 Park Stakes, beating One Master, before flying to Australia with O’Brien’s Cups team.
It has been a challenging October for O’Brien who had to scratch his entire Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe team over a contaminated feed issue, then last week discovered that the two horses he ran in the G1 Fillies Mile had been mixed up and ran with the wrong saddle cloths and jockeys.