Big Orange sidelined with injury

LONDON May 17 2018

Champion stayer Big Orange has been ruled out for the season because of injury.

Trainer Michael Bell says the Ascot Gold Cup winner, who has contested two Melbourne Cups, has damaged a suspensory.

"It's a body-blow for all concerned," Bell told Press Association Sport.

"The horse is 100 per cent sound and giving off all the right signs. But he had a little bit of heat in his leg tonight and though he jogged up sound on a hard surface, there is a small hole in his off-fore suspensory.

"It's a blow as he's our flag-bearer, but the horse is happy and healthy and the vet is cautiously optimistic that it should heal in time."

Big Orange defeated Order Of St George by a short head in a dramatic finish to the 2017 Ascot Gold Cup.

He was last seen finishing down the field in the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan in March and was preparing to make a return to the track in the Henry II Stakes at Sandown on Thursday week.

Big Orange finished fifth in the 2015 Melbourne Cup and 10th the following year.



- PAA

 Email to friend   

       

Back to Racing News

Send to friend

Big Orange sidelined with injury

Your Name *
Your Email *
Friend's Name *
Friend's Email *

Racing Search

Live Racing

International Racing

Upcoming International Racing on Sky

Saturday 22nd

GOWRAN PARK
Cordell La - Cordell Lavarack Stakes Group 3

UK/Ireland NEWBURY
2 - The Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (class 1)

UK/Ireland NEWBURY
3 - The Dubai International Airport World Trophy (class 1)

UK/Ireland NEWBURY
3 - The Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup (class 1)

UK/Ireland AYR
Heritage - The William Hill Ayr Gold Cup (heritage Handicap) (class 2)

View Sky International

Form Guide

Sports

Connect