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North Can­ter­bury three-year-old The Dorch­ester will by­pass next week’s North­ern Derby at Alexan­dra Park. In­stead, he will be head­ing for mi­nor throat surgery to rec­tify a breath­ing issue. Trainer Mitchell Kerr made the de­ci­sion on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon after a dis­ap­point­ing trial at Ran­giora, which was act­ing as the de­ci­sion-maker for a trip north. It’s not a ma­jor surgery and the re­cov­ery time is rel­a­tively quick, but it will count The Dorch­ester out of next Fri­day’s North­ern Derby, and also the New Zealand Derby at Ad­ding­ton on April 6. Kerr hopes he will be right to race the Harness Jew­els on June 2.

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