Virus rules Torce­dor out of Mel­bourne

The Racing Paper - - News -

TORCE­DOR has been ruled out of the Lexus Mel­bourne Cup af­ter a “low-grade virus” pre­vented him from en­ter­ing quar­an­tine as planned.

The six-year-old was bought by Aus­tralian Blood­stock and switched to trainer An­dreas Wohler in Au­gust af­ter chas­ing home Stradi­var­ius in both the Gold Cup at Royal As­cot and the Good­wood Cup when han­dled by Jes­sica Har­ring­ton.

Torce­dor made a dis­ap­point­ing de­but for Wohler when com­ing last in a Ger­man Group One last Sun­day and con­nec­tions con­firmed on Fri­day that the geld­ing had not been able to start his manda­tory quar­an­tine pe­riod for the Flem­ing­ton fea­ture on Novem­ber 6.

Jamie Lovett of Aus­tralian Blood­stock said: “He was due to go into quar­an­tine in Ger­many, but he left some feed the night be­fore so they pulled some blood and there was a low-grade virus and so they wouldn’t let him into quar­an­tine.

“He’s too good a horse to take a risk with. I don’t want to travel a horse when they are flat as it can bring on travel sick­ness.

“He’s only had 20 starts and we bought him with the view that he’d be long term.

“He’s a geld­ing and very sound, so we can race him for an­other cou­ple of sea­sons if we look af­ter him.”

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