Day At The Track

Hurricane runs out of puff

10:31 AM 22 Jul 2008 NZST
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Most of Victoria's top two-year-old colts and geldings will step out in Breeders Crown qualifiers at Cranbourne tomorrow night, but one horse the heat winners won't have to worry about in the semi finals is Hurricane Jett.

The Jayne Davies-trained star, who booked his Breeders Crown semi final berth with a heat win at Menangle on July 15, injured himself in a paddock accident yesterday morning and is out of the rich series.

Davies said the River Khan colt, part-owned by former Collingwood champion Nathan Buckley, skewered himself on a fence stake the night after running third to Captain Joy in the Group 1 Breeders Challenge Final at Menangle, despite losing a knee boot in the run, and would miss the rest of the season.

"We had a storm up there the night before we were due to come home and we don't know exactly what he did, but he must have reared up and come down on a post because he's got a big hole in his chest," Clyde-based Davies said.

"He'll be okay in the long run and it could have been worse - he could have punctured his lung or something - but it will be six to eight weeks before the hole fills in so he's going for a big spell now.

"He had no luck in the Breeders Challenge Final, then this. I just can't believe the bad luck we're having with him at the moment, but the good news is at least we've still got him."

Hurricane Jett joins Bus To Harland as big-name colts out of this year's Breeders Crown. The Australian Pacing Gold winner, who was slated to run at Cranbourne, suffered a minor injury last week and will miss the series.

The loss of Hurricane Jett is a blow for the series, although it is offset by the emergence of interstate stars Captain Joy and Cody Maverick, who look leading contenders for the $301,000 final at Bendigo on "Super Sunday", August 17.

While Cody Maverick won his Breeders Crown heat at Hobart last night, Captain Joy also qualified at Menangle on July 15.

The Susan Hunter-trained colt, a winner of five of his eight starts, logged his latest victory in Sunday's $125,000 Group 1 New South Wales Breeders Challenge Final, the race in which Hurricane Jett ran third.

Five heats will be run at Cranbourne tomorrow night, starting at 6.25pm. Among those engaged are Vicbred Super Series champion Living On Fire, Garnet River, Hilton Fly High, We Dare To Dream and Ghadasbest.Brad Bishop, HRV

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