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Dark Destroyer ruled out of Arrowfield Stud Plate

- Article by NZ Racing Desk

The hopes of securing the Hastings triple crown with Dark Destroyer this year are now over.

The connections of the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) winner have decided to play it safe with their gelding and have given him a break following an elevated temperature following his victory on a Heavy10 track.

“He won’t be heading to the Arrowfield (Stud Plate, 1600m),” said Andrew Scott, who trains the four-year-old in partnership with Lance O’Sullivan.

“He just had a wee temperature last week. The tough conditions and the long trip there and back has taken a bit out of him so we have decided to put him in the paddock for a week.”

While the Matamata barn has put a line through the mile feature, they haven’t ruled out a return to the track to compete in the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m), however, Australian targets could also be in the offing.

“All going well, we will get him back in the stable in the new week and look to get some new plans,” Scott said.

“Diane and David (Archer, owners) will sit down next week and have a look at his condition post a week in the paddock and try and make the best decision for the horse.

“We have got no plan at this stage, but we will look to have one by this time next week.”

Scott said the win was a great boost for Wexford Stables and its staff.

“It was a wonderful result for the horse and the team. We couldn’t have been more pleased,” he said.

“First-up in testing conditions can take its toll and it is long season yet so having a quick reset now I am sure we will crack on through the summer months.”


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