Elmo Lucky to be classified as a rig
Country juvenile Lucky Elmo has been reclassified from a gelding to a rig after an inquiry into his testosterone levels.
Lucky Elmo has the distinction of winning the first two-year-old race of the season at Tamworth on September 26 after which a sample showed an elevated level of the male hormone.
Trainer Bindi Cheers provided documentation showing treatments given to Lucky Elmo and further tests were taken.
Subsequent tests and Lucky Elmo’s behaviour suggested the possibility of retained gonadal tissue being present.
That was supported by Racing NSW senior veterinarian Dr Craig Suann who examined the horse and the results of pathology tests.
“These results are indicative of the presence of residual functional gonadal or other tissue capable of producing sex hormones in this horse,” Dr Suann told stewards.
Stewards then directed Lucky Elmo be classed as a rig – a horse with one testicle.
Since his Tamworth debut victory, Lucky Elmo has had four starts for three placings, including two in Sydney.