BRETT Cavanough has been forced to retire his former smart juvenile Bossdon City.
Now a five-year-old, Bossdon City was found to have bled from both nostrils after finishing almost 30 lengths behind Sonro in the Tocumwal Cup on April 19.
Bossdon City is one of the most talented gallopers to race for the stable.
The son of Beautiful Crown scored an impressive debut victory at Rosehill in 2011 as a two-year-old and was being touted as a Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper hope before injury struck.
The smart sprinter never realised his full potential, with a series of injury setbacks including stress fractures as a three-year-old.
Bossdon City recaptured winning form with victory in the $50,000 Flat Knacker Handicap on Albury Gold Cup day last year but has finished unplaced in his past seven starts.
“All the owners have agreed to retire the horse,” Cavanough said.
“He has got more problems than the early settlers and with hindsight we probably should have made the decision a bit earlier than we did.”
Bossdon City raced 18 times for four wins and, remarkably, no placings for $120,000 in career earnings.
Cavanough has sent his smart three-year-olds Just A Bullet and The Monstar, alongside about 35 other gallopers, for a spell ahead of spring campaigns.
Scatcat will bypass the Wagga carnival and will instead tackle a three-year-old race in the city after running third behind the David Hayes-trained Girl Guide at Sandown on Saturday.
“I thought her run on the weekend was full of merit considering she got exposed in the lead a bit earlier than we would have liked,” he said.
“According to David Hayes his filly is a group horse in the making so I was far from disappointed after being beaten less than a length.”