Injured Starlactic to miss Doomben 10,000



GRAFTON sprinter Starlactic will miss the Group One Doomben 10,000 in Brisbane next month with a tendon injury, which is set to sideline the horse for up to a year.

Hobby trainer Wayne Lawson had Starlactic inspected by Brisbane veterinarian Lester Walters last Friday after a slight bubble was discovered in his off-front fetlock.

"Thankfully it's not bad enough for an operation and it's not career threatening," Lawson said.

"It's a 10 per cent tear to his superficial tendon and he won't do any work for two months when Lester wants to have another look at him.

"It's only a little tear but I won't risk him and I'll probably give him 12 months off." Lawson noticed the injury after the five-year-old worked on Grafton's controversial artificial track last week.

"The horses are going down left, right and centre on this (Grafton) track," Lawson said.

"When the track is wet it's perfect but it's so dry here the track is shocking.

"Last week 10 horses were put out of work (at Grafton)." Lawson said the injury was not related to a hoof problem Starlactic had when a dismal last to boom sprinter Natural Destiny in the Group Three Summer Stakes (1200m) at Doomben in December.

On that occasion, Starlactic was spelled immediately before he returned for a tidy second in a 1000m Open at Lismore on March 27.

Lawson, an electrician by trade, has only three horses in his care and a similar injury occurred to an unnamed two-year-old he had in work six weeks ago.

"It's hard to take when you have only a few horses and it looks like I'll be doing a lot of my work as an electrician now," he said.

Lawson had planned to start Starlactic against the Bryan Guy-trained Grand Reve, which won at Doomben last Saturday before heading into the Group Two Sir Byrne Hart Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm on April 28.

Starlactic's main winter missions were the Group One BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben on May 12, a fortnight before the Group One Doomben 10,000 (1350m).

Starlactic has won 11 of his 23 starts for prizemoney of $287,000.

His best win was in the Listed Lightning Handicap (1000m) at Eagle Farm last June. - AAP



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