Kirramosa sidelined for Australian Oaks

Victorian Oaks winner Kirramosa won’t attempt a classic double in the Australian Oaks at Randwick after being ruled out of an autumn campaign with a chip in her fetlock joint.

Trainer John Sargent said he noticed the three-year-old wasn’t quite right in her action after a few days back in his stable from a spell.  “We had the vet check her out and pinpointed a problem in one of her front fetlocks,” Sargent said.  “After a closer look, a small chip right at the front of the joint showed up.”

Kirramosa (3f Alamosa – Freyja by Danske) started favourite in the Victorian Oaks after a lead-up victory in the G2 Wakeful Stakes on Saturday.  The NZ bred filly edged out Zanbagh and Solicit in a test of staying power down the long Flemington straight.

“She must have suffered the injury in the Oaks and it’s showed up with exercise,” Sargent said.  “We could have medicated it but decided that for the longer term she would be better having it removed.  She’s going for surgery on Monday.

Kirramosa was bred by Wellfield Stud owner Bill Gleeson and he races her with Matamata couple John and Glenda Reily.  She had been offered at the 2012 NZB Select yearling sale but failed to make a $40,000 reserve.

Wellfield stands her sire Alamosa (O’Reilly) for a $12,500 service fee in Palmerston North.