Trainer Paul Preusker announces Surprise Baby injured and will miss autumn carnival

Luck has deserted Surprise Baby after trainer Paul Preusker announced the six-year-old would miss the autumn carnival through injury.

Surprise Baby was nominated for the All-Star Mile at The Valley on March 13 but a hock injury has ended any hopes of the gelding running in the $5 million event at The Valley.

Preusker said vets are still looking at Surprise Baby to ascertain the extent of the problem.

“Unfortunately, Surprise Baby is out of the autumn carnival but most importantly, we still have our brave warrior,” the Preusker stable announced via social media.

“He has sustained an injury to his hock and further tests are being performed in the next couple of days to ascertain the next steps that will be taken.

“He is comfortable, safe and in good hands at the vet clinic.”

Surprise Baby has only had 14 starts but has already had two cracks at winning the Melbourne Cup.

The son of Shocking ran fifth to Vow And Declare in 2019 and 13th behind Twilight Payment last year.

Surprise Baby won the Group 2 Adelaide Cup at only his sixth start in 2019 before winning the Group 3 Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington later that year.

Originally published asSurprise Baby to miss autumn carnival

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