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Tendon Injury Sidelines Melbourne Cup Winner Gold Trip

2022 Melbourne Cup (G1) winner Gold Trip ‘s racing career is in jeopardy after he suffered a tendon injury ruling him out of action until at least June.

Gold Trip provided joint trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace with Melbourne Cup success when scoring at odds of 20-1 under Mark Zahra. The same rider steered the French-bred 7-year-old to a third-place finish in the Peter Young Stakes (G2) last month in his seasonal debut.

Maher, who is the sole license holder again with Eustace embarking on a training career in Hong Kong, posted in a statement on X: “It is with sadness we announce that Gold Trip has sustained a tendon injury.

“It is on the less serious side, as far as tendon injuries go, and we will rehabilitate him regardless of whether he races on or not.

“His Australian racing career delivered arguably the stable’s crowning achievement to date with his dominant performance in the 2022 Melbourne Cup.”

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Maher wrote that “a decision would be made in the coming days after further consultation with our vets and (Gold Trip’s) owners.”

Gold Trip’s Melbourne Cup victory was his first in Australia having finished fourth in the 2020 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) behind Sottsass  when trained by Fabrice Chappet.

Gold Trip beat Simon and Ed Crisford’s subsequent Caulfield Cup (G1) runner-up West Wind Blows  when landing his second group 1 in the Turnbull Stakes (G1) at Flemington in October.

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