Predatory Pricer dead

Three-time stakeswinner Predatory Pricer has died of suspected acute colitis on an agistment farm in NSW.

An unlucky galloper, the five-year-old retired in September after a career plagued by injury.

Connections were assessing their options for his stud future next year when he was found dead in his paddock on Wednesday.

Colitis is an inflammation of the colon which causes abdominal pain and diarrhoea as well as a high fever.

A son of Street Cry and a half-brother to champion international Group One sprinter Takeover Target, Predatory Pricer won four races in 18 starts including the Group Two Liston Stakes, Group Three Gloaming Stakes and Listed Ming Dynasty.

Kembla Grange-based Paul Murray originally trained Predatory Pricer, who was also Group One-placed in the 2008 Spring Champion Stakes, 2009 AJC Australian Derby, 2009 Underwood Stakes and 2009 Turnbull Stakes.

The chestnut suffered a tendon injury after starting favourite and finishing 12th in the 2009 Caulfield Cup and joined Mick Price’s Caulfield stable this year.

His only run after the Caulfield Cup was a photo-finish second to Shoot Out in the Liston Stakes on August 14, but he was found to have injured his offside-fore tendon and was later retired.

Meanwhile, the racing future of Monaco Consul is under a cloud after he pulled up with a strained off-front suspensory ligament after finishing 14th in last week’s Melbourne Cup.

Trainer Mike Moroney said the 2009 Victoria Derby winner would have a long break and would miss the autumn.

“He is going to be missing from the autumn and it is just a matter of whether the owners decide to try him again or send him to stud next spring,” Moroney said.

“I would say they will get together and have a chat about it over Christmas.”