Aidan O'Brien admitted on Sunday the future of seven-time Group 1 winner Minding is uncertain while confirming Group 2 winner Somehow has had to be put down.
Minding has not run since landing the Group 2 Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas on her reappearance in May and, speaking at the Curragh, O'Brien said: "We were planning to start Minding back driving tomorrow but our vet John Halley re-xrayed her and said she wasn't ready and that we should leave her alone for another month.
"So it's possible we might run out of time with her. We'll just have to wait and see."
Somehow, winner of the Group 2 Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket in May and also successful at Group 2 and Listed level, has been put down after suffering an inoperable fracture of a hind tibia while working on the Ballydoyle gallops.
On what proved her final start, the daughter of Fastnet Rock and Alexandrova finished second to Decorated Knight in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh in May.
However, the fairytale has now run its course, with O'Brien confirming that Wings Of Eagles has suffered a fracture to his near-fore sesamoid joint.
O'Brien said: "It's shocking news. Wings Of Eagles has suffered a bad fracture to his near-fore sesamoid and has been retired. He will have a pin inserted in his leg but, unfortunately, his racing career is over.
TheTorment wrote: »
Permian suffers fatal injury in Arlingtonhttps://sportinglife.com/racing/news/permian-suffers-fatal-injury/96246
The White Wolf wrote: »
Permian seemed to be a classier type of horse than what Johnston is used to so I'm sure he wouldn't have put the horse at risk had he any reason to worry.
Though I must admit I felt he was highly tried this season before last night.
Lt Dan wrote: »
Classy type of horses do not campaign in the way that that clown has done so with his horse. He already won at York, why not try, if he was inclined, to run at the York International? What the hell does Johnston know about American racing and the style?
TheTorment wrote: »
I think Mark Johnston knows a damn sight more about horses, training them, plotting their targets and their well being than many of the posters here.
A tragic incident which could (as pointed out above) have happened on the gallops.
tryfix wrote: »
and how the hell is a GP1 race like that allowed to be a handicap?
diomed wrote: »
Looking at my old copy of Thoroughbred Times Racing Almanac* I doubt it is a handicap as we know it.
The weight gaps between runners are typically 5 lbs or 7 lbs.
These are probably penalties for Group/Grade race wins.
Many Graded races in the USA are handicaps, even Grade 1 races.
* 2008 edition bought for $5, although the shipping was $47.20. I bought two other books with it.
* it might be a discontinued publication, but worth buying a cheap copy
NaiveMelodies wrote: »
Christ above.Could have happened on the gallops. Some amount of clownish fans in this game. Lt Dan I always thought you had a clue?
diomed wrote: »
14 runs in two years is nothing.
In the USA Hiblaze (b. 1935) had 406 starts in 14 years (average 29 runs a year).
Even in the 21st century 20 starts in one year is common.
Francie Barrett wrote: »
That's not the same thing at all.
There are plenty of horses that have racked up 200 runs in their careers in the modern age, mostly plodding around in bottom in the barrel class 7 or claiming races. Permian on the other hand is Johnston's stable star, a horse of the calibre that he is only going to get a limited number of in his career. Maybe it wasn't Johnston's choice to run the horse, but for me it was clearly a mistake to run that horse.
krustydoyle wrote: »
Neon Wolf put down after a freak accident over the weekend