Gold Trail coming home

Plans to extend Gold Trail’s English campaign have been aborted with the sprinter to return to Australia as soon as possible.

Trainer Gary Portelli had been buoyed by reports Gold Trail appeared to be over an injury suffered in the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot after he worked on Saturday.
But a second scheduled workout on Monday evening (AEST) was cancelled and veterinary advice was that he was in danger of a recurrence.

“He came out of his box stiff and the vet said he could aggravate the injury if we continued,” Portelli said.

“So we’ve made the decision to bring him home. Hopefully he can get through his quarantine and maybe go to New Zealand again otherwise we’ll get him ready for the autumn.”

Gold Trail won the Group One Railway Stakes in New Zealand on New Year’s Day and earned the trip to England with a gallant fourth in the KrisFlyer Stakes in Singapore over 1200 metres, a distance slightly longer than the frontrunner prefers.

He came out of the barriers in the King’s Stand behind the rest of the field and was never in touch during the race.

The consensus was that he injured his back and hindquarters as he tried to come out of the stalls.

Fellow Australians Nicconi and Alverta are scheduled to run in the July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday morning (AEST).

Nicconi ran third in the King’s Stand while Alverta was unplaced in the Golden Jubilee won by former Australian Starspangledbanner who is the short-priced favourite for this week’s Group One.

Starspangledbanner was purchased by Coolmore Stud earlier this year but plans to bring him home in coming weeks to stand the southern hemisphere season are on hold with further races in mind.