A BATTERED and bruised Niblick has been sent for an immediate spell after finishing at the tail of the field in Sunday’s $100,000 Benalla Gold Cup.
The Albury Gold Cup winner was never a factor in the Benalla feature after he over-raced for jockey Brad Rawiller and refused to settle in the run.
Niblick faded badly in the home straight to finish 13 lengths behind eventual winner Flying Hussler.
A post-race veterinary examination of Niblick revealed the gelding had an abrasion to his near hind stifle.
Trainer Brett Cavanough said his stable star would now head for an immediate spell after only three runs this preparation.
“His leg has blown up about the same size as my head,” Cavanough said.
“He has got a wound on a fetlock in front.
“He has also got skin off his stifle and is as sore as a boil.
“He is pretty beat up and is on penicillin and antibiotics.
“He finished the race a bit of a train wreck and it has made my decision to send him to the paddock an easy one.”
Cavanough said Rawiller apologised for his ride after Niblick raced up onto the heels of Flying Hussler when passing the post on the first occasion.
“Brad got off the horse and said to me he had stuffed the ride,” Cavanough said.
“He said the horse did most of the damage when he run up the arse of Flying Hussler soon after the start.
“Brad said after that the horse refused to relax and every corner he went around he had no rhythm and was racing on the wrong leg.
“I just hope the damage is only superficial and once it settles down he will have to have X-rays to make sure it’s nothing serious.
“But the horse has pulled up four out of five lame.”
Cavanough said Niblick would enjoy a lengthy stint in the paddock before possibly targeting back-to-back Albury Gold Cups in March.