Admire Deus suffers leg injury, out of the Spring

Admire Deus suffers leg injury, out of the Spring

Japanese import stayer Admire Deus has suffered a life-threatening injury and will miss the Caulfield Cup for trainer Darren Weir and the Australian Bloodstock ownership.

It’s a disastrous turn of events as the Japanese horse had been thriving and was an early favourite for the Caulfield Cup. It’s also a sad one, taking a personal toll on all involved who were getting him ready.

I reckon it’s still touch and go,” Jarrod McLean, foreman for Darren Weir, told RSN 927’s Racing Pulse.

“As far as rehabilitation goes it’s a horrific injury and I would be surprised if he raced again.”

He was out having his final gallop – Johnny Allen came down to partner him,” McLean said.

“Absolutely no criticism of the club, absolutely beautiful surface to gallop on, it’s just one of those things.

“He was working with his mate Burning Front, and about 100m out, he came to his outside to join him and hopefully run past him – initially it looked like he had broken a leg. Johnny had him pulled up quite quickly, but kept him to his feet.

“We were able to get him into the horse ambulance and back to our stables. We’ve since had a scan and an X-ray, and there’s no breaks or fractures, but there is fragments of bone. On scan, it looks like he’s done the ligaments in the lower part of the suspensory.

“It’s pretty horrible – the pastern joint is close to the ground.

“We’ve made him as comfortable as we can – we’ve put a splint on him – and he’s in the process of being transported to Ballarat for further information.”

Media outlets reported Weir and his staff were emotional.

“It was pretty gut-wrenching and me and my staff were pretty emotional,” Weir said.

“The staff become pretty attached to these horses. One of them has lived with the horse for almost 24 hours a day in the last few weeks.

“It was very upsetting for all involved.

“He ruptured all the ligaments off the back of his joint in the leg, the ones that hold the joint up.

“It is a very unusual injury, when I got to the vet he said he hadn’t seen one of these in a few years.

“The next 72 hours are very important for the horse.”

Hold on big fella.

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