Bookmakers rejigged their pre-post markets on Saturday’s Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes after Perth galloper Showmanship was ruled out of the race on Tuesday afternoon.
Trainers Grant and Alana Williams advised Racing Victoria stewards Showmanship had suffered a tendon injury, which will keep the gelding out of racing for an indefinite period.
Showmanship was one of the favourites for the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes after two impressive wins to start his Melbourne campaign.
Memsie Stakes winner Behemoth is now a $3.50 favourite for the Caulfield race after the forced betting reshuffle.
Showmanship’s withdrawal also cost jockey Michael Rodd the ride on Bob Peters-owned stablemate Superstorm.
Peters’ stable jockey William Pike will now take the ride on Superstorm in Saturday’s $500,000 race.
Showmanship’s issue was the latest in a frustrating run for Peters, who ended the Melbourne spring campaign of All-Star Mile winner Regal Power after the gelding picked up a lung infection.
Originally published asWA star done for spring
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