One of the top Group One prospects has been ruled out of the Spring Carnival with connections opting to spell unbeaten colt Brutal after suffering a slight hock injury.
The one-time Caulfield Guineas favourite will now set his sights on Autumn where it’s hoped he will return as a more complete racehorse.
Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said last week that connections had already decided to target the Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on November 3 instead of this month’s 1600m Caulfield Guineas.
Brutal, unbeaten in three starts, was on the third line of betting in the Coolmore Stud Stakes market at $6.50.
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