Jade flop put down to injury
Trainer David Oughton and international ace Mick Kinane left for a New Year holiday yesterday with the news that Wednesday night's favourite flop Jade Age has a tendon problem.
Kinane's Happy Valley double was tempered by the adjourned inquiry into the shock performance of Jade Age in the final event. The stewards took evidence from Kinane and Oughton and adjourned the hearing for a veterinary report.
Late yesterday, acting chief stipendiary steward Chris Lee said that the official veterinary report that Jade Age had a strained off-fore tendon would be released.
'I have spoken to the chairman and most of my colleagues and that will be the end of the matter,' said Lee.
Kinane gave evidence at the inquiry that the horse had been travelling well until changing legs and quickly dropping out approaching the Rock. He did not persevere because he thought the gelding had broken down Oughton could give no explanation for the run of the 3-1 favourite, who was backed in solidly in expectation of a Kinane treble. He had scored earlier on 5-2 favourite Pinky Long Legs for John Moore and 5-1 chance Classa Speed for retaining trainer, Oughton.
Oughton reported yesterday morning that the gelding had a major swelling on a the tendon.
'It's about as big as a tennis ball,' he said.
Kinane, who headed for Perth yesterday, said: 'You don't like to hear of anything going wrong with a horse, but I knew something was not right. He was going well and suddenly he just cut out on me.'