Infantry is still on the mend after he was pulled out from Sunday’s Moonbeam Vase due to a leg injury, and may take longer to recover than anticipated.
The Singapore Horse of the Year had been gearing up for his comeback but was scratched after trainer Lee Freedman thought there was something amiss at a trot-up on Tuesday morning.
More in-depth scans confirmed that the near foreleg was not right, said Freedman, who is adopting a sit-and-wait approach for now.
“The scans showed there was some damage to the suspensory of his left front. It’s been hovering around for a while,” said the Australian handler.
“He is in the paddocks now. We’ll play it by ear and see how he comes along.
“It won’t be so soon that he will be back racing. We’ll just take it easy with him.”
Freedman will therefore have to wait for the Tavistock six-year-old’s first start for him. He just took over after his Thai owners, the Kajorn Petch Racing No 2 Stable, moved him from trainer Alwin Tan, shortly after his last run when a laudable fifth in the Kranji Mile in May.
Infantry won nine races under Tan’s care for prizemoney just shy of the S$2 million mark. -STC