Gilded Venom euthanased following knee infection
Star Perth galloper Gilded Venom has been euthanased after losing his battle against a serious knee infection.
The winner of last year’s Group One Railway Stakes at Ascot, Gilded Venom had been fighting a bacterial infection which destroys ligaments and muscle tissue.
The infection to his nearside knee had stumped veterinarians after it was first noticed on January 1.
Trainer and part-owner Steve Wallace said euthanasing Gilded Venom was one of the toughest decisions of his career but he knew last week the five-year-old’s future was grim.
"I knew on Friday. He lost weight and his demeanor had changed," Wallace told Radio TAB.
Wallace had considered sending Gilded Venom to the eastern states to campaign in either Sydney or Melbourne this autumn before a possible trip to Queensland for the Brisbane winter carnival.
"Every time I raised the bar with him he kept jumping it," Wallace said.
"He always showed ability but he had a knee problem since he was broken in as a yearling.
"We treated him then with antibiotics and it went down.
"This time we flushed the knee out and thought he had beaten it but he progressively got worse."
As well as the Railway Stakes (1600m), Gilded Venom won the Group Two Cox Stakes (2100m) and was also runner-up in the Group One Kingston Town Stakes (1800m) in Perth in December.
Gilded Venom won eight races in a 20-start career in which he earned $1.13 million in prizemoney.
By Glenn Davis