For A Reason is the first major casualty of the 2014 Brisbane winter carnival.
The carnival officially starts on July 5 at Albion Park before culminating on July 19 with a raft of features including two Gr.1 $100,000 events.
The Belinda McCarthy trained 7yo has been ruled out owing to a virus which has badly hampered his training campaign.
For A Reason, placed in the Inter Dominion Grand Final back on March 2 at TABCORP Park, Menangle has raced once since that day when unplaced behind Beautide in the Marsdens Law Group Pace on April 12.
Connections were then forced to bypass the Gr.1 $100,000 Len Smith Mile on April 27.
“We’ve been a little unlucky with Frank lately but his health has always come first and again it’s not a major issue but we’re behind the eight ball, so we’ve decided to give the Queensland campaign a miss.” McCarthy said.
The highly decorated stallion returned to racing last year after spending time at stud and the results have been extraordinary highlighted by his victory in the Gr.1 $400,000 Victoria Cup at Melton while also being placed in the Miracle Mile and Inter Dominion Grand Final.
For A Reason was being aimed at the Gr.2 $60,000 Garrards Sunshine Sprint on July 5 and the Gr.1 $100,000 TattsBet Blacks A Fake a fortnight later.
“There was no chance that we were going to push ahead with the campaign knowing that he requires a break, the Brisbane features are going to be tough races and you need to be at your absolute best and unfortunately, Frank won’t be.
“He was actually training down really well but Luke said he didn’t feel sharp the other day and it’s now been revealed that he’s got a grubby nose and a cold. He was just about a trialing stage before this setback occurred.
“If we didn’t give him a break now he wouldn’t have got one because the Grand Circuit season will be on us again and that’s more important, he will get a break now and be ready for the opening leg at Albion Park in October.”
Team McCarthy will still be represented in the open class features with the likes of The Gold Ace, Franco Jamar and maybe defending Blacks A Fake champ Ideal Scott.
The American Ideal gelding will venture to the trials on Tuesday at Menangle, his first public outing since finishing 10th in the Cranbourne Cup back in December.
By Chris Barbsy (Harness Racing Australia)