Maybe Better retired

Melbourne Cup placegetter Maybe Better has been retired after X-rays revealed bone chips to the gelding’s off-fore fetlock and a weakness in the cannon bone.

Brian Mayfield Smith

Trainer Brian Mayfield-Smith said X-rays of Maybe Better’s legs on September 9 had come up clear.

But he had more taken after the six-year-old over-raced and dropped out to finish a tailed-off last to Dolphin Jo in the Winning Edge Presentations Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

“He wasn’t sore or lame. It was just a routine check,” Mayfield-smith said.

“Apart from the bone chips, a condular line was developing in the bottom of the cannon bone which could have led to a fracture.

“After speaking to his owner, I decided to retire him. There was no other decision to make.

“It was good luck for the horse really as he hasn’t come out of it trashed.”

The Intergaze six-year-old has raced 29 times for six wins, five placings and $959,600 in prizemoney.

His best wins included the 2006 Saab Quality (2500m) at Flemington and the Coongy Hcp (2000m) at Caulfield, both at Group Three level, and the Listed Japan Trophy (2000m) at Flemington.

A career highlight was his third to Japanese stayers Delta Blues and Pop Rock in the 2006 Melbourne Cup (3200m).

However he didn’t return to his form of that spring and last year was scratched from the Melbourne Cup on raceday with a leg problem.

By Mark Ryan