Pompeii Ruler comeback in doubt
Trainer Mick Price fears that that dual Group One winner Pompeii Ruler may never race again.
Price said it was too early to declare the gelding’s career was over but owner Brian Coyle had mentioned retirement as a possibility for the seven-year-old who has battled injuries throughout his career.
"It’s debatable whether he has another go or not," Price said.
"There is a faint hope that he may come back."
Pompeii Ruler’s last injury was in August when he "rolled" a fetlock which prevented him from racing in the spring.
He hasn’t raced since finishing fourth to Gloria De Campeao in Singapore’s International Cup (2000m) at Kranji on May 17.
At his previous start he won the Group One Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick.
His other Group One win was the 2007 Australian Cup after he was edged out in three-way photo-finish by Fields Of Omagh and El Segundo in the Cox Plate the previous spring.
He also had Group One seconds in two Yalumba Stakes, to Casual Pass (2006) and Douro Valley (2008), and in the 2008 Underwood Stakes to Weekend Hussler.
His Group Two wins were in the 2007 St George Stakes, 2007 Liston Stakes and 2007 Craiglee (Makybe Diva) Stakes.
Pompeii Ruler was a favourite with racegoers but injuries prevented him from reaching even greater heights.
He has raced only 22 times for eight wins, four seconds and two thirds for just under $2.2 million in stakes.
A suspensory injury in August 2007 limited him to just one run as a five-year-old and his 2008 spring was cut short when he suffered a pastern injury.
"Last time he rolled his fetlock and caused himself a bit of grief, but he is spelling and we will see what happens," Price said.
By Robert Windmill