Out of the cup: Protectionist will not run in 2015. Photo: Marina NeilNewcastle trainer Kris Lees confirmed Protectionist will not defend his Melbourne Cup because of bone bruising, while Let’s Make Adeal was also ruled out from the race through injury after trackwork on Thursday morning.
Lees confirmed the problem with Protectionist after taking scans following his Caulfield Cup failure last Saturday.
“He will need a minimum six months out,” Lees said. “The bruising is severe. When you flex or stretch him there is no sign of any problem because it’s in the bone.
“You don’t see it until you do an MRI and he doesn’t feel it until he’s going fast.”
Meanwhile, trainer Nigel Blackiston took to twitter to announce Let’s Make Adeal, which is a granddaughter of 1991 Caulfield and Melbourne Cup winner Let’s Elope, had injured a tendon and would be spelled.
“Terrible news this morning. Let’s Make Adeal has pulled up lame after work. Early signs indicate that it is her off-fore tendon,” Blackiston tweeted.
Meanwhile, Almoonquith moved to no.27 on the order of entry for this year’s Melbourne Cup after gaining a one-kilogram penalty for his strong Geelong Cup success.
The penalty, and the fact that two stayers ahead of Almoonquith dropped out, has put the international in a prime position to gain a start in the Melbourne Cup. He will now carry 53kg.
“It was a very impressive win, he beat a Group 1 winner in Dandino, and the race has had a stunning formline with the Melbourne Cup, and for those reasons I’ve lifted his weight by 1kg.”
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