Cup hopes dashed
A LEG injury has ruled talented Sydney stayer Taken At The Flood out of Thursday's $70,000 Carlton Draught Coffs Harbour Gold Cup.
Trainer Paul Cave was looking forward to starting Taken At The Flood in the country feature until the rising six-year-old gelding suffered a weekend setback at his Warwick Farm stables.
"He was cast in his box on Sunday and gave his off hind leg a heavy knock," Cave said.
"The leg blew up and I have had to treat him with an anti-inflammatories which rules him out of being able to race this week.
"I'm disappointed as I had him set for the Coffs Harbour Cup and was looking forward to taking him up there as it looked an ideal race for him at this stage of his preparation."
Cave said the injury added to the problems he has had preparing Taken At The Flood since he resumed in May.
"We have only been able to give him three runs because of the weather and the wet tracks," Cave said.
"I hope he will get over this setback quickly as I am aiming him at the Wyong and Newcastle Cups in September and maybe the Metropolitan after that if he shows he is good enough."
Taken At The Flood has won eight of his 35 starts including the McKell Cup and Christmas Cup at Rosehill and he was also placed in the Summer Cup at Randwick last December.